Published on: 16 November 2020


Healthcare workers at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have generously donated hundreds of items to a local foodbank.


Over the past month, the team on Ward 6 at South Tyneside District Hospital have been collecting staple items for Key 2 Life Foodbank in South Shields.


The Key 2 Life foodbank has been left in desperate need of donations as demand increases and shoppers continue to stockpile items.


Bobbie Branley-Speirs, a newly qualified staff nurse on Ward 6 was spurred into action following the announcement of national restrictions.


She said: “I decided to start collecting items when the recent national restrictions were confirmed. I had been thinking about doing it for the last few months after seeing so many people lose their jobs or struggling on furlough. As a nurse, working through the pandemic has been hard, but I just feel I have been lucky enough to even have a job and it is nice to help the local community in a time of need.”


Nurses, doctors, physios and domestic staff working on Ward 6 all contributed and collected several boxes of staple supplies for the local charity.


As well as tinned goods, the collection included lots other of non-perishable items, such as rice, pasta, cereals, toilet roll and toiletries as well as a few luxuries for Christmas including chocolate and Christmas selection boxes.


Bobbie and Ward Manger, Joanne Falconer donated two cars worth of items to the foodbank.


Key 2 Life is open Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm and is based at Boldon Library on Boldon Lane and has drop-off points around South Shields.