Local NHS Trust donates care packs to homeless for Christmas

by CWP News - 04 January 2016

Following a staff donation campaign, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) distributed over 250 care wash packs to agencies supporting people who are homeless for the second year running.

Staff collected the contents for the packs, which included shower gels, toothbrushes, tissues and deodorant to provide homeless people with some little luxuries over the festive period.

The care packs were delivered to 12 organisations across Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.

Julia Cottier, Service Director at CWP, said: “The generosity of staff has been overwhelming –everyone was eager to take part and we received even more donations this year.”

Chief Executive Sheena Cumiskey said: “In 2013, a CWP staff member plated up a Christmas dinner and took it to a person she knew was homeless. This is where the idea for the care wash pack campaign came from and was the inspiration for others at the Trust to pull together and help the homeless during the festive period for the second year running.

“The response from staff has been overwhelmingly positive. From donating items, packing bags and delivering to organisations – the staff have really got behind the campaign.”

Nursing Director Stephen Scorer said: “This campaign is a testament to the generosity and kindness of CWP staff, who have worked tirelessly to reach out and support those outside of their statuary role and bring them some happiness at this key time of year. It is the second time we have run the campaign and I look forward to seeing it grow even more successful in the years to come.”

Vicky Millward, Director at ROAR said: “Everyone at R.O.A.R would like to thank CWP for the lovely wash bags. These made perfect gifts for Christmas day and meant a lot to everyone at R.O.A.R. It touched them that people thought about them and they were very much appreciated.”

Robert Bisset, Chief Executive of Chester Aid to the Homeless, said: “The packs are always so well received by the homeless community. I am not even sure it is about what is in the packs; when we are handing the packs out the questions come thick and fast about how they were donated and by whom.”

“When it is explained to them that it is ordinary people in the NHS taking time out of their working lives to help, the gratitude on their faces is so evident. They are always so appreciative of the wider community and efforts to make their lives just a little easier.”

Nigel Hughes, Chief Executive at Wirral YMCA, said: “I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for the packs sent over from CWP – this is a greatly valued gesture and your kindness will have lifted the hearts of many during a tough time of the year for homeless people.”

“It is really reassuring that your colleagues took time from their priorities to spare a thought for those in the greatest need in their community – extending that hand of friendship will have meant a great deal – thank you one and all involved in this fantastic initiative!”

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