We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all Trust staff who helped donate to the Christmas food hampers, which have now been delivered to foodbanks across the county in good time for the festive period.
Over the past month, staff from all four hospitals, have supported the charitable initiative to help those a little less fortunate this Christmas.
The idea was the brainchild of the Trust’s Clinical Education Nurse Sam McCarthy-Phull. Over 100 different wards and departments across the Trust took up the call to action, to donate essential goods and a few festive treats to hampers destined for local foodbanks.
Sam said she has been completely overwhelmed by her caring colleagues’ reactions.
“We all work for the NHS because it’s a caring profession and we work tirelessly in Lincolnshire, often in challenging circumstances, to ensure we provide the highest standard of care possible,” said Sam.
“I thought making Christmas hampers would be another example of how we can all help people in the local community at this time of year.
“We asked staff to donate an item a day to the hampers from November 14 to December 14 and kicked each one off with an advent calendar, which we delivered for the start of December.
“The hampers included essentials such as tinned goods and dry pasta, but also a few luxuries for Christmas including mince pies, puddings and some chocolates too of course.
“The response has been really incredible and we’ve managed to get some lovely hampers together – it’s been very emotional to see them being delivered.”
The Trust managed to mobilise some lorries to deliver the pile of parcels to foodbanks in Boston, Lincoln and Grantham in time for the festive period, with a little help from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue along the way.
At Lincoln, the foodbank was pleased to accept a donation of 2.6 tonnes of food from ULHT staff, the biggest ever single donation received.
Foodbank Coordinator Amy Colley said: “We are so grateful and the food that was given to us will all go to helping local people in crisis, it really does make a huge difference to those people who are in need of it.
“This year we have seen a 25% increase in the amount of people using the foodbank compared to last year and up to October this year we have supported over 1750 people.”
Over at Grantham, Foodbank Coordinator Brian Hanbury said he was blown away by the generous donations from ULHT staff.
“We received 50 boxes of food and toiletries weighing almost 460kg, which will go towards helping about 300 local families,” said Brian.
“The donations will help us restore dignity to families and put smiles on faces so a massive thank you goes out to all the Trust staff for their valuable support.”
Reverend Ian Evans, Project Manager at the Boston foodbank said the last few months has seen more and more people accessing their help.
“We three cars and a van full of the hampers – it was amazing – we can’t believe how many people have got behind this,” he said.
“Over the past few months and particularly over the summer, we’ve seen around a 100 per cent increase in people coming to us. We’re helping between 200 and 300 people a month.”