Southport & Formby Hospital starts collection for charity food bank March 28th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Hospital starts collection for charity food bank 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 clinical audit staff, 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.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!