Reverse advent calendar will make for a healthier future for NHS users

By Dave Doyle | 19/12/2017

Reverse advent calendar will make for a healthier future for NHS users
Pictured from left to right: Kathryn Singh, chief executive; Steve Hackett, executive director of finance and performance; Dr Judith Graham, deputy director for organisational development and Rosie Johnson, executive director of workforce and organisational development with some the reverse advent calendar rucksacks.

GENEROUS health workers have launched a reverse advent calendar to help out less fortunate service users.

Staff at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) filled 120 backpacks with food, toiletries, warm clothes and Christmas treats.

They will be given to people using the trust’s access teams and urgent children’s services over the festive season.

Dr Judith Graham, deputy director for organisational development, said: “We wanted to do something worthwhile to help people who use our services and need this type of support.

“We put a call out to staff for items to fill the rucksacks and the response has been fantastic.”

Trust staff bought 120 rucksacks for £1 each and filled each one with 24 everyday essentials.

Dr Graham added: “Teams from every part of the organisation collected their rucksacks and filled them to the brim with lots of items.

“It has been truly humbling and shows just how caring our staff are.”

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