CAN your business help a kind-hearted volunteer with donations for food hampers for frontline NHS staff?
Sarah Hopkins, 46, from Crosby, who is the manager of an insurance underwriting department in Liverpool, has set up a page on online donations site Just Giving (search for Sarah Hopkins) as well as pages on social media site Facebook, ‘Hampers 4 our NHS’ as well as Twitter (@hampers4ournhs) and Instagram (hoppy74slimmingworld).
The mum of one hopes to raise at least £20,000. As well as donations, she is looking for a wholesale company to offer her long-life goods at cost price so she can fill hampers with essentials such as soup, pasta, rice and long-life milk for NHS staff and their families as a ‘thank you from the people of Liverpool’ for their work on the frontline against the coronavirus. The hampers will also include toiletries, including shampoo and shower gels.
She will give the hampers to 1,200 staff at Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen and The Royal, and if donations allow, she will expand to Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals as well.
Once a week, she will also give the wards fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee and bottled water.
She said: “I want to raise some money as a ‘thank you’ from people here in Liverpool.
“I want to raise enough money to be able to give each person supporting us and the patients of coronavirus a food hamper. This will be of various things but mostly food. Due to them not being able to get food as they are working around the clock and also they are going shopping with nothing left on the shelves.
“I wanted to do something for them to show the community support them and take some pressure off them. I keep hearing how they are getting abused, how nothing is left or they are too tired to shop, the latter being understandable.
“The fact that they are risking not only their lives but their families too and for that dedication too they deserve something in return.”
If you can help, go to ‘Hampers 4 our NHS’ on social media site Facebook or search for ‘Sarah Hopkins’ on online donations site Just Giving.