Local NHS Heroes Update

We are pleased to report that the Local NHS Heroes Campaign was a huge success.  More than 4,000 individual items were processed and a total of 335 individual care packs were made up for Abingdon Hospital and the county’s ambulance teams.

Also benefitting were local community district nurses, occupational therapists and physios based at Wallingford Hospital.  A donation of over 1000 items was also made to the Oxford Health Charity to go into their own care packages for community teams, as well as food banks and victims of domestic abuse.

Abingdon Hospital received 150 packs and 100 went to the Patient Transport Service at South Central Ambulance Service.  Boxes were also made up for the village’s postal staff, refuse collection teams and milk delivery staff.

Twelve boxes of additional items were donated to Abingdon Hospital and the ambulance service containing tea, coffee and laundry tablets.  Of the 4,000 items donated, 1,700 came through the Amazon Wishlist.  More than 100 people visited the donation hub at the Village Hall yesterday (Sunday 10th May).

In addition, hundreds of individual cakes, bakes, flapjacks, biscuits and brownies will be going to health workers.  One of the lead members of the volunteer team, Emma Newman, praised workers and individuals for their work and contributions.

“Thanks to the enormous generosity of our community we are also able to support other organisations with a further 300 items that we plan to donate to a local food bank.  A further 400 items will be going to organisations supporting people who have suffered from domestic abuse.”

“I would also like to pay tribute to our team of Land Girls and Land Boys and their families who worked tirelessly in the Village Hall and the behind the scenes team.  Thanks are also due to individuals who donated gifts in person and online, Waitrose stores, The Big Small Shop, Smurfit Kappa, RajaPack, Minutemen Press Oxford, Albry Printing and Vinyl Banner Printing.”

Included in every pack were handmade thank you cards from villagers and a postcard with information with details of a website FirstYou.org that provides emotional support resources to NHS teams.  Lucia Volpe designed the posters used in marketing the village campaign.

NHS Local Heroes Landgirls from left to right: Emma Newman, Sarah Bowden, Rose Gill, Jenny Caw and Keeley Volpe

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16 Responses to Local NHS Heroes Update

  1. Steph Shipway says:

    Than you so much from staff at Wallingford Community Hospital – absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity today, very much appreciated,

    Steph Shipway

  2. Chris Waites says:

    Having received one of these boxes can I just say what a lovely idea it is and how much appreciated it is for all of you who have worked hard to create them.

    Like quite a few NHS workers most of my shifts are now on covid/infectious diseases wards, and I try to avoid any shopping etc unless essential. It’s easy to feel isolated.

    It’s appreciate so much not just because of what’s in the box (the flapjacks look delicious), but also because of the thought and kindness. It’s been lovely to see the village come together during these difficult times.

    Thank you everyone for your support – not just from me but from my colleagues in the NHS as well.

    The box -> https://snipboard.io/u2MZlL.jpg

  3. Glendy Ellis says:

    Heartfelt thank you from all the staff at Wallingford Community Hospital. So very kind and thoughtful of you. The arrival of the boxes sent a happy buzz around the Ward yesterday! Your support is so appreciated

    Glendy Ellis

  4. Penny Neate says:

    Thank you so much for the amazing care box that you delivered to Wallingford Hospital. It was packaged so beautifully and showed alot of time and thought had gone in to producing them for the NHS staff. A lovely surprise.
    Kind regards Penny

  5. Abi says:

    Thank you SO much for the amazing care boxes and beautiful cards we received today at Abingdon Community hospital. And thank you for the food and wonderful cakes and biscuits. I can’t tell you how much your kindness and generosity is appreciated. Thank you ❤️

  6. Mslcolm says:

    Thank you very much it was very much appreciated I wish you all well and stay safe

  7. Alan Mills says:

    I’m an ACA driver working at the Churchill PTS and I would just like to say a massive heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to contribute to the care boxes we all received. It’s really nice to know that we are appreciated and receiving the tokens of thanks provided by your community really makes a big difference.

    Once again – many thanks and we will carry on with our efforts to keep everyone safe.

    Alan Mills.

  8. Debbie morris says:

    I would like to thank everyone for our lovely boxes that you all so kindly donated wow what a lovely gesture and it certainly made my day and all the lovely cards and pictures made we have put them up around the ambulance station at the churchill hospital
    Once again from the bottom of my heart THANKYOU ALL xxxx❤

  9. Lorraine says:

    Many thanks for all the goodies that we received yesterday, it was a lovely surprise. Thank you to everyone for all the donations and all your hard work we really do appreciate it at this difficult time .

  10. Mrs Debbie Poolton says:

    Thank you all for our care boxes safely delivered by Sandy to Oxford Ambulance Station. Lovely gifts and very much appreciated.
    Thank you all again Debbie Poolton and Sophie Cox.

  11. Melanie Burns says:

    I would just like to say a VERY, VERY BIG THANKYOU for my care box which I received today, such a lovely surprise and believe me it really made my day. I was really overwhelmed by all the goodies inside the box, I had the hot chocolate drink and snack bar for my lunch. The lovely drawing done by Hattie i will laminate and put on my fridge.
    You have all done an amazing job, so thankyou to each and everyone of you involved.
    I work for South Central Ambulance Service, as an Ambulance Care Assistant on Patient Transport Services based at Wallingford Hospital.

  12. Melanie Burns says:

    I would just like to say a “VERY VERY BIG THANKYOU” for my gift box which I received today, what a lovely surprise, and I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people. I would also like to THANK Hattie for the beautiful picture she drew, I am going to laminate it and put it in my Ambulance so all the patients we take to hospital for treatment will get enjoyment from it also.
    Once again “THANK YOU ” for such a thoughtful gift.

  13. Mireille says:

    I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the lovely gift box and beautiful message/pictures that you sent us all at south central ambulance service.
    I am overwhelmed at the thought, love and care That you have given to us all.
    Please stay safe
    Mireille X

  14. Dennis Candlish says:

    A lovely gesture from all of you, many thanks

    I especially appreciated the card from young Phoebe xxx

  15. Di says:

    Thankyou so much for our care packs , the pictures and messages.

    My crew mate and I received ours yesterday.We work for patient transport South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
    We were overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity.
    The love and positivity from this wonderful gesture is what we all need right now .
    So appreciated .

    Thankyou ❤

  16. Ella Bishop says:

    Last week I received a care package at Wallingford Hospital from the local villages surrounding you. I would like to send my many thanks to you all.

    Thanks again, they are very much appreciated.

    Ella Bishop

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