More than half a ton of food has been donated to local families in need over the past four months from staff at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Health staff working at Merton House in Bootle have been carrying out a monthly whip round to buy canned and dried food for their local foodbank.

Terry Hill, NHS South Sefton CCG Locality Manager, who organised the collection, said: “It really hit home after speaking to the foodbank centre manager who said that the demand is so high that they don’t have enough food to distribute to all those in need.

“It’s amazing how much even a small donation can help, and I’ll continue to carry out monthly collections from my colleagues in the New Year.”

South Sefton’s Trussell Trust foodbank is a charity origination, which provides local people in crisis a minimum of three days emergency food.

Debbie Shelly, Centre Manager at St. Leonard’s Youth and Community Centre, which runs South Sefton Foodbank, said: “The amount of food that the CCG has donated is incredible! At this time of year we rely more than ever on donations, so we are very grateful to all of those who got involved.”

You can find your nearest foodbank by calling 0151 933 1300 or by going online to

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