Hospital collects food for families

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Nurses at Buckingham Community Hospital collected groceries for needy families in Buckingham in the run-up to Christmas.

The nurses encouraged staff and visitors to donate food, both essentials and luxury items, which were then handed over to local housing charity Chapter 1 for its tenants.

Chapter 1 provides temporary accommodation in Buckingham for families facing eviction, avoiding the need for those families to be housed in a hostel in Aylesbury or further afield.

The charity then works with its tenants to help them move on to more permanent accommodation, normally through Bucks Home Choice.

Some of the tenants initially struggle financially, often through no fault of their own, and so the food donations have made a huge difference, said Chapter 1 spokesman Stephen Townsend.

Stephen said tenants were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by people who donated food, and sent their heartfelt thanks to them and the nurses who organised the collection.

“Buckingham is an amazing community and people consistently show support for those who are less fortunate than themselves,” said Stephen. “Buckingham Community Hospital in turn benefits from people who willingly give their time as volunteers in the hospital.”

Volunteers help to enhance patient experience by complementing the work of paid members of staff.

Full training is given and people can find out more by contacting voluntary services on 01296 316676.