A final delivery of weekly goody parcels has been made to North Walsham hospital staff by the Friends.
Over the past 15 weeks we have been providing boxes of snacks, food and drink to ward nursing and support staff.
They have been doing 12-hour shifts in full protective equipment during the COVID crisis and the Friends responded to an appeal for refreshments.
Chairman Keith Jarvis said: “Things have been tough for staff without the need to worry about getting snacks ready for work. Our weekly goody runs are a small gesture which has been well received. It has cost around £1500 from our funds, which are donated by the public for supporting staff, patients and visitors with little ‘extras’.”
The parcels were sourced through Chris and Jenny at the Corner Stores in Trunch, Keith‘s home village.
Support ward manager Diane Cremin said: “Staff really have appreciated, and looked forward to, the goody parcels. Work has been tough and the parcels have been a morale booster for staff who know that other people are thinking of us during a difficult time.”
The 24-bed unit added extra capacity during the COVID crisis, and has been dealing with a mixture of patients with and without the virus.
The Friends will continue support the hospital, and have a range of projects in the pipeline – but progressing them is on hold during lockdown. This week the ward was still not receiving visitors, but the main reception is open for appointments and deliveries.