A COMMUNITY of Solihull volunteers is supplying handcreams and treats to NHS workers in need extra care items during the coronavirus pandemic.
Launched just a week ago, Hampers for Heroes sends care packages and food hampers to West Midlands hospitals.
Volunteer Olivia Jordan said: “We send the hampers as a way of showing love and appreciation for our sensational heroes in the NHS and local care homes.
“It all started with a post on social media from the partner of a Solihull nurse, highlighting her hard work as she was late home from a shift at Moseley Hall Hospital.
“There were so many comments from community members expressing their thanks. Responding to the post, the nurse said that herself and her colleagues were suffering with awfully sore hands and arms due to constant washing, scrubbing and the use of hand gel.
“One local mum, Victoria Hanson was inspired by the post and began gathering hand cream donations from the local community. The wonderful display of community spirit prompted Victoria to found Hampers for Heroes with her friend Yasmin Paulson, who works all year round to support Birmingham food banks.
“With the help of local Body Shop at Home Consultants and Avon Representatives, they collected over 1500 hands creams. They feel these care packages are ‘the least they can do to repay the great strength and tenacity of these heroes on the frontline and the care sector’.”
The Hampers for Heroes group has set up a social media page and a gofundme campaign to support the work, gofundme.com/f/hampers-for-heroes. Donations can also be collected, with the team in need of dry food and snacks, magazines and shower gels and body creams. Email [email protected] to donate items.
The packages are delivered to Solihull hospital, Heartlands hospital and care homes across the West Midlands.