A special foodbank appeal is repaying the overwhelming goodwill and the generous outpouring of gifts and treats we have enjoyed
Staff are encouraged to donate food, sweet treats, toiletries and toys to local foodbanks to help struggling families enjoy Christmas.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has received countless messages of support and a huge array of gifts, from individuals dropping by with boxes of chocolates to local food businesses kindly providing dozens of free meals every week.
In the spirit of ‘paying it forward’, staff have been collecting for the local Stockton and Billingham and Hartlepool foodbanks, operated by the Trussell Trust, since the start of the summer.
We’re really pleased the Trust is helping us out. Christmas can be a really tough time for many families in our region so this donation drive will make a huge difference.Lisa Lavender, co-ordinator of Hartlepool foodbank
This ongoing appeal has since been expanded. We now include Christmas gifts for children, toiletries and even the ‘trimmings’ for a Christmas meal.
Why we’re doing it
Barbara Bright, director of corporate affairs and chief of staff, said: “The support and sheer love heaped upon the NHS has been nothing short of incredible. We wanted to give some of that love and support back.
“Helping some of our region’s most disadvantaged families was something many of us felt strongly about. So we set up drop-off points around our hospitals for staff to leave donations. Our brilliant team of volunteers regularly pick up the donations and take them to the foodbanks.
“With Christmas around the corner, we contacted the foodbanks and they told us that they also distribute toiletries and gifts to local families. We thought we could encourage staff to help out at Christmas by buying some extra toys and cosmetics, and perhaps also provide some tins of potatoes, packets of stuffing mix and cans of vegetables to round out a Christmas meal.
“The executive management team has even decided to skip our usual Secret Santa gifts and donate to the foodbanks instead.”
Make a donation
To donate to the Stockton and Billingham and Hartlepool foodbanks, simply drop off your donations at the foodbanks following the safety measures in place or make a donation online.
Stockton and Billingham Foodbank
4-6 West Precinct
Billingham Town Centre
28 Church Street