Care packs donated to local homeless people this Christmas
Over 200 care packs filled with toiletries items have been distributed across shelters in Cheshire and Wirral following a CWP staff donation campaign.
Staff from CWP have been collecting items such as shower gel, toothbrushes, wipes and deodorant in support of the Trust’s Care Wash Pack Campaign – the organisation’s drive to help local homeless people during the festive period.
The care packs were delivered to seven shelters throughout Cheshire and Wirral in time for Christmas, including Chester Aid to the Homeless, Birkenhead YMCA and Macclefield’s Treehouse Project.
Avril Devaney, CWP director or nursing who led the campaign, said: “The work behind CWP’s Care Wash Pack campaign goes back to Christmas 2013, when a CWP staff member plated up a Christmas dinner and took it to a person she knew was homeless. We understand the significant links between homelessness and mental ill health and this was the inspiration for others at the Trust to pull together and help the homeless at Christmas.
“The response from staff has been absolutely brilliant. From donating items, packing bags and delivering to shelters – the staff have really got behind the campaign.
“Although this was primarily an internal campaign, we were fortunate enough to also receive donations from other organisations. We’d like to say a special thank you to Tesco, Morrisons, Unilever and Adidas for supporting us with their contributions, and to Hannah Louise Hall for her specially designed posters.”
CWP management accounts assistant, Katie Edwards - who led the Trust’s finance team in packing over 30 Care Wash Packs for the campaign - said: “It just started as an email out to our department asking for people to bring in spare items from home but I never expected the amazing response I had. People started to bring in things from home but then started to ask what things they could go out and buy. Before I knew it we had boxes and boxes of toiletries and underwear. The generosity of staff has been overwhelming and made me proud to be a part of CWP.”
Robert Bisset, CEO of Chester Aid to the Homeless, said: “The donations will be spread out across the street homeless community, many of whom have very little to call their own. It is terrific that NHS staff at CWP have given up their time to organise and plan such a wonderful surprise for the homeless people.”
Vince Hessey, trustee of YMCA Wirral, said: “I would like to express our thanks for the kindness of CWP. All the staff were overwhelmed with the generosity of CWP and the Care Wash Packs will help to improve the day to day lives of homeless people who access the YMCA Night Shelter.”
More information about CWP’s Care Wash Pack campaign can be found at www.cwp.nhs.uk/carewashpack
Last updated on 20 October 2015.
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