To mark today’s 70th birthday of the NHS, staff at Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group challenged themselves to filling a bag with a day’s worth of food for homeless young people.
In celebration, staff pledged to fill at least 70 bags with three meals for homeless people at local charity Nightsafe. Although the young people have access to cooking facilities, the challenge was to provide nutritious food with a long shelf life such as tinned or dried food. Each bag contained a breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Not only did staff raise to the challenge of filling 70 bags they smashed it. So much so, that an additional 38 bags have been able to be donated to The Wish Centre, a charity which supports women, men and children who are affected by domestic violence or domestic abuse. These bags not only contained food items, but feminine hygiene products also.
Rebekah Willson, from BDDWA (Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse) who run the Wish Centre, was amazed that staff would do this and said these bags would go to women currently staying in their refuge with the extra bags go women experiencing hardship in the community. Wayne Bowman who collected the bags on behalf of Nightsafe was equally grateful explaining where the bags would go and how much they would help the young people who used their service.
Wayne Bowman, from Nightsafe said: “These will be massively appreciated, thank you to everyone so much.”
Dr Penny Morris, Clinical Chief Officer at Blackburn with Darwen CCG, thanked staff and said: “I’d just like to say well done to everybody who contributed to the bags.”