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Hospitals inundated with donations for Christmas homeless and food bank appeal

More than 50 gift bags packed with hats, gloves, socks, underwear and other essentials will help support local homeless people this winter.

The donations have been made by kind-hearted members of the public and employees from Sherwood Forest Hospitals to the Trust’s Street Health Outreach Team – a specialist team that supports people who are rough sleeping with their complex physical health needs.

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As well as winter warmers, the gift bags also contained toiletries and a selection of sweets and chocolates that will be distributed to homeless people living in Mansfield and Newark.

The appeal has been supported by a generous donation from Medirest’s (Compass Group UK) Social Value Initiative Fund to support the project.

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That funding will also enable Sherwood Forest Hospitals to re-stock its clothing supplies at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Hospitals.

Those supplies are used for a range of purposes, including maintaining the privacy and dignity of patients during their time in hospital and supporting them to return home when they are ready to leave the hospital.

A share of the donated boxes of food and toiletries have also been distributed to food banks in Mansfield and Newark to support local families this Christmas.

A huge thank you to everyone involved, particularly volunteers in the Community Involvement team who not only put the gift bags together but coordinated the appeal.

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