Shropcom teams forego Secret Santa to make Food Bank deposit

Dec 19, 2017

Two teams from the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust joined forces and gave up the traditional Secret Santa – instead making a sizeable donation to a local Food Bank.

Members of the Shrewsbury-based Respiratory and Falls Prevention teams got together for the kind-hearted gesture, collecting six boxes full of food and other provisions.

The donation has gone to the Food Bank at the Barnabas Centre in Coleham, Shrewsbury and will benefit in-need families and individuals this Christmas.

Claire Hole, Team Leader for the Shropshire Community Respiratory Team, said: “The idea came from Tammy Greenway, one of the Respiratory Specialists in the team.

“In the past we’ve run a Secret Santa and given each other gifts, and they’re usually just joke presents.

“Tammy said that instead of doing that this year, we should all donate something to go to the Food Bank at the Community Projects Building in the Barnabas Centre. We thought it was a great idea, so that is what we have done.

“I think there were 16 of us in total who have got involved from across the Respiratory and Falls teams,” added Claire.

“We ended up with more than just food. There are other items too, such as wrapping paper. We ended up with six boxes and we’re all really pleased.

“We just hope it helps a few people in our community to have a slightly better Christmas this year.”

The Respiratory Team are a team of specialist nurses who provide a service to patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). They support patients in their own homes and also support patients to be discharged from hospital as soon as possible Patients are seen either in the community in a clinic setting or in their own home, depending on their condition.

The Falls Prevention Service is a specialist one aiming to reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries and is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurse and rehabilitation technicians.

Pictured: Some of the staff who have made the Food Bank donation. From left is Claire Hole, Shropshire Community Respiratory Team Leader; Karen Dale, Community Respiratory Specialist Nurse; Tammy Greenway, Community Respiratory Specialist Nurse; Jenny Tarver, Community Respiratory Specialist Nurse; and Zena Forbes, Respiratory Team Administrator.