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Maternity staff have a special delivery for families in need this Christmas13 December 2018
Maternity staff at Whiston Hospital are used to special deliveries, but this Christmas they have decided to go one step further to help families in their local community. 

Staff at the unit created their very own ‘reverse advent calendar’ which meant that rather than receiving a gift a day for themselves, they instead donated an item of food or a household product each day during November.

Now with hundreds of goods donated by staff, the team have been able to make their special delivery to food banks in Knowsley and St Helens just in time for Christmas. 

Staff donated everything from baked beans and spaghetti, to nappies, washing powder and of course a few selection boxes and chocolates for the kids too. 
Jacqui Kourellias, Matron, said: “Our staff have been fantastic and really got behind the food bank advent calendar. We are happy to help our local community in any way we can and hope that our donations will reach some of the families that we care for.”

Ann Marr, Chief Executive, said: “I am very proud of our Maternity Team for their kindness in supporting our community in this way. They see and care for local families every day, and it is such a heart-warming gesture to help those who may need a little bit of extra help, especially during the festive period.”

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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