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Pictured above is a small selection of the items donated by Yorkshire Housing residents to frontline NHS workers

Yorkshire Housing staff helped vulnerable older people present food hampers packed with essentials plus a cash donation to frontline NHS workers.

Residents at Park Court in Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, held collections for NHS employees at Wath Ambulance Station.

Two large hampers and the money were presented to them on April 23 thanks to the efforts of residents, who are on lower incomes, and Yorkshire Housing staff.

The hampers contained everything from toiletries to tinned goods, biscuits, tea bags, coffee and chocolates.

It came out of scheme manager Adelle Tissington’s efforts to keep vulnerable residents,  many of whom are self-isolating from the coronavirus pandemic, happy and active in the local community.

She said of the donation: “The ambulance workers certainly won’t run out of biscuits, chocolate and tea bags for a while!

 

“And to say that our customers are self-isolating and on lower incomes, they were really generous with their donations.

 

“The pictures don’t even do the food hampers justice. There was a large amount of goods collected and it allowed us to make up two very big food hampers.”

Yorkshire Housing is a Leeds-based housing association and registered charity that manages more than 18,000 homes across the region.

Park Court is a scheme of 44 one and two-bedroom bungalows for older people in Thurnscoe and is about two miles from the ambulance station.

Many of the residents have underlying health problems, including mobility issues, that means they are self-isolating.

Adelle makes daily phone calls to check on their wellbeing, produces a regular newsletter to keep them informed and is a visible presence around the scheme for their reassurance.

The residents sometimes need medical help and are aware of the increased demands on the ambulance workers who come to their aid.

They also understood that those on the NHS frontline work long hours and can struggle to get food and other goods, including toiletries.

So a collection was suggested when Adelle asked through a newsletter if there was a project residents would like to do.

Adelle organised it with the help of Martyn and Margaret Ayrton, who are among the few of the 50 or so residents at Park Court who are not self-isolating.

Residents left food items from their weekly shopping outside their front doors that Martyn collected to make up the food hampers.

An additional whip-round using social distancing raised £75 in cash.

Yorkshire Housing electricians Matt Durnin and Jamie Perkins, who were doing maintenance work at Park Court, made a colourful banner for the April 23 presentation.

Martyn, Margaret and Adelle performed the duties at the ambulance station with delighted NHS workers.

Adelle said: “They were absolutely made up. They were really surprised and taken aback by how much people appreciate the work they do.”

She​ added of the Park Court residents: “Many have to go to hospital for regular treatment for a variety of conditions.

“And because they’re self-isolating, they’d been feeling like they hadn’t been able to contribute in the way they wanted.

“So this gave them a project which helped them in that they were doing something of value and that would make a difference to frontline NHS workers.”

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Park Court in Thurnscoe

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Yorkshire Housing electricians Jamie Perkins (foreground) and Matt Durnin are shown at Park Court while their banner is shown above left at Wath Ambulance Station

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