Obstetric Theatre staff at Nottingham City Hospital collected a phenomenal amount of food donations for struggling families following a request from charities, Sewa day and Communities Working Together.
Sewa Day in conjunction with Communities Working Together have embarked on a new project of supporting vulnerable families for school holidays. This February half term, the charities have had a significant uptake from 70 families, which includes 172 children who are in need of food parcels.
NUH Obstetric Theatre staff took up the challenge alongside working on the front line to ensure families and those in need have access to fresh food during the half term holidays.
Neena Kumari, Team Leader in Emergency and Obstetric Theatres said: “Staff have been working really hard during the pandemic, supporting our wonderful Critical Care colleagues and continuing to do their normal theatre roles as well, but it is nice to see that they still made time to think about the less fortunate members of our community, especially children.”
Neena added: “A huge thank you goes out to all the theatre teams, NUH staff, friends and families that donated so generously."
Food parcels will be put together by the charity Communities Working Together in conjunction with Sewa Day and will be given to vulnerable families with school children this February half term. The charity will also deliver parcels to homeless people who are currently staying in hotels and have no income.
Rani Korpal, Communities Working Together , Secretary said: “We provided food for a week during half term for 170 children for families struggling to make ends meet. This included a piece of fruit for each day.”
“We couldn’t have done this without the very kind donations received from Neena and her team. We’re very grateful.”
Hetvi Parekh, Sewa Day coordinator Nottingham said: “It was incredible to see the Obstetric Theatre staff come together to such a meaningful cause. Despite the pressures they are facing in the NHS, the team still managed to pull together a wonderful amount of donations in just a few days.
A big thank you goes out to the teams, you have made such a positive difference to those families in need.”
The Theatres team plan to do another collection for Easter.