Fundraising and supporting the community we live and work in is built into the values of both the NHS and QE Facilities. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead recently organised a large collection of donations for the local charity, Feeding Families, which were then kindly delivered by the QEF transport team. Feeding Families is a charity based in North East England that offers support, hope and security to families experiencing food poverty. The charity delivers over a 1,000 emergency food boxes each month within our region.
Food poverty within the North East is already a problem, and the pressures rise around this time of year as we near ever closer to Christmas. For a lot of us Christmas is a wonderful time of year but there are many families that find it an extra stress on top of the daily challenges of living. The expectations of special gifts and a lavish meal can be very overwhelming for families struggling to make ends meet. Feeding Families run a specific programme around Christmas that match those wanting to donate with applicants that need the support of a food hamper. The hamper is to be filled with items to provide a special meal for Christmas day, giving the recipients one less thing to worry about. So often we struggle to see the difference our
contributions make and the programme is a great way to see at first-hand how your donation helps a family in need.
Of course we appreciate that not everyone has the time or money to commit to curating a Christmas hamper.
Feeding families accept donations of food or you can leave a monetary donation. As little as £5 can provide a toiletry pack for a person in need. Perhaps you are not in a position to donate but you still wish to get involved you can join their army of 3000 volunteers, whether it’s weekly support or a one off they are happy to receive the support.
For further information on Feeding Families and how you can contribute please visit https://feedingfamilies.org.uk/