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Right Arrow Hospital starts collection for charity food bank
28 March 2013 at 15:03
A hospital trust is starting collections to support a local food bank for people in need.

Chief Executive Jonathan Parry was inspired by the generosity of staff who gave to a small charity food collection started in the kitchen of the Trust’s head office.

“Michelle Bradley, one of our cancer audit team, asked if she could start a collection and we were overwhelmed by the response from colleagues. So, we began to look into how we could scale it up and tap into the goodwill of staff, patients and visitors,” said Mr Parry.

The Trust has now teamed up with national housing charity Green Pastures and its partner Shoreline Church in Southport to trial a food bank collection point that everyone can contribute to at the hospital’s main entrance. The church runs the food bank in the town which originally received food collected by staff.

Mr Parry added: “Food banks have sprung up out of nowhere over the past couple of years and I’m delighted we can support the spontaneous generosity of ordinary people who want to help those in need.

“Our job is to make poorly people better whether it’s in hospital, in the community or at home. Where we can, we also want to prevent ill health and this scheme helps by keeping needy people fed.”

Food donations will be collected regularly by church volunteers and should include dried and packet goods, such as pasta, tinned produce and boxes of cereal as well as toiletries and nappies. Fresh or frozen products should not be given.

Julie Woods, manager of the Shoreline Foodbank, said the foodbank was established in 2011 and has seen a 500% increase in demand in just 18 months.

“We believe we are going to be inundated with families needing food in the next months, so we need as much food and volunteer help as we can get,” said Julie.

Pastor Pete Cunningham, co-founder of Green Pastures Housing, added: “We have only just scratched the surface of need at the moment. The latest cutbacks will have an adverse affect on thousands of families across this region and we have to be prepared. We want to thank Jonathan Parry for his forward thinking. We look forward to other ways in which we can work together in the future for the benefit of local communities.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. Green Pastures Housing started in Southport housing homeless people. Later Shoreline Church became a partner of Green Pastures, meeting the need of people in and around Southport while Green Pastures, in addition, now has 33 partners across the UK who all work to house the homeless.

3. Picture shows Trust chief executive Jonathan Parry and Shoreline Foodbank manager Julie Woods at the food collection point Southport hospital