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Leeds health workers donate enough food to foodbank to fill an 8 metre high staircase


Staff at Spire Leeds Hospital have successfully completed a challenge to collect enough food for the Leeds Foodbank to fill the 200 year old, 8 metre high staircase at the hospital.

Over 300 staff at the hospital in Jackson Avenue spent their valuable spare time, in between shifts looking after the city’s patients, to collect donations weighing over 500kgs from friends, families and neighbours. Samantha Bell, Endoscopy Staff Nurse at Spire Leeds used her beloved multi-coloured VW van, which she has fondly named ‘Bruce,’ to deliver the food to the Leeds Foodbank Warehouse on Burley Road. Tony Sutcliffe, warehouse co-ordinator at Leeds North and West Foodbank was delighted when ’Bruce’ appeared unexpectedly, filled to the brim with urgently needed food and toiletries for the Leeds area.

Tony Sutcliffe, Warehouse co-ordinator at Leeds North and West Foodbank said:

“This is a fantastic achievement by the staff at Spire Leeds. We always welcome donations and use them to provide help to people in crisis. With thousands of people across the city struggling for work after the devastating impact of Coronavirus, there has been a surge in the number of people relying on foodbanks to feed themselves and their families, therefore it is crucial for the foodbanks all around Leeds to maintain and build stocks.”

Sammie Brambles, Patient Experience Manager at Spire Leeds Hospital said:

“We are so pleased that we are able to help people in our local community. I never imagined for a minute that we would receive so many donations from our staff.”

Recentlythe Leeds foodbank set up an emergency fundraisingcampaign to try to raise £25,000 as quickly as possible as their current storage facility is simply not big enough. Donationshave since flooded in and a new much larger warehouse has been identified.

Spire Leeds Hospital is currently supporting the NHS in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, treating a number of patients who require complex care and treatment, in order to relieve pressure on local NHS hospitals. Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom, with 39 private hospitals and eight clinics across England, Wales and Scotland.

Working in partnership with around 7,300 experienced consultants, Spire Healthcare delivered tailored, personalised care to approximately 810,000 in-patients and day-case patients in 2019, and is the leading private provider, by volume, of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom.

The Group’s well located and scalable hospitals have delivered successful and award-winning clinical outcomes, positioning the Group well with patients, consultants, the NHS, GPs and Private Medical Insurance (“PMI”) providers. 88% of Spire Healthcare’s hospitals are rated ‘Good’ or ’Outstanding’ by the CQC (or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales).

On 21 March 2020, Spire Healthcare signed Heads of Terms with NHS England to make its facilities and services available to the NHS and its patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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From 4th May 2020, to limit the spread of Coronavirus, all foodbank centres are closed and they will be making deliveries only.

For further press information please contact: Sammie Brambles, Patient Experience Manager, Spire Leeds, Email: Telephone: 07710 094693.