Southend Hospital has received 2,000 care bags for frontline staff, thanks to generous donations from the Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation, Makro Rayleigh, convenience store group SPAR and several other generous donors.
The idea is the brainchild of Lisa Ronson, Gerald’s eldest daughter, who is currently living in Shoebury during the pandemic.
Lisa said: “It’s all hands to the deck during these challenging times and I was keen to ensure that our hard-pressed NHS staff have all they need while they are at work, to keep morale and energy levels high and to demonstrate just how much everyone appreciates what they do.”
Lisa, along with a team of willing volunteers, has spent the last few weeks putting together the care bags which are filled with non-perishable items – coffees, teas, energy bars, biscuits, hand creams, lip balms etc.
Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity Director, Lucy Thomas-Clayton explained: “It’s crucial during these times that our staff have everything at their disposal. These care packages will have essentials to get them through their day or night shift – from teas and coffee to energy bars, toiletries and more.
“We are incredibly grateful to Lisa, her family and dedicated volunteers for creating these bags and to St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne Grove for allowing the use of their halls.”
The bags, which have now been moved from St Peter’s Church, will be distributed out to all frontline staff ahead of the bank holiday weekend.