Croydon’s NHS staff are delivering more than just life-saving care this year, thanks to a partnership with the borough’s voluntary sectors that will see Christmas come early for some of Croydon’s most in need families.
Coming together under the mantle of One Croydon, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust joins forces with Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) to support the borough’s ‘Communities Together at Christmas’ campaign.
Alongside the collection of day to day essentials, doctors, nurses and other NHS staff will also be donating festive favourites, toys and treats to ensure that families can celebrate some festive cheer after an unprecedented year.
Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and the borough’s Place Based Leader for Health, said:
“Throughout the pandemic, the people of Croydon have shown immense support for our teams, delivering hot food, care packages and treats for those working around the clock. Now it’s our turn to give back to our communities, to thank them for their efforts and to make sure that every family and every child feels a little Christmas spirit.
“Throughout the year we work in partnership with health and care colleagues across the borough to ensure the people of Croydon get the best possible care and this month as always, we’re delighted to be working directly with Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) to spread some festive cheer.”
Communities Together at Christmas brings together up to 70 CVA-supported mutual-aid groups and 39 foodbanks across the borough, who provide essential items and support for the people of Croydon.
Steve Phaure, CEO of Croydon Voluntary Action said:
“It’s been a tough year and, as we all know, with Christmas approaching it will get even tougher for some families. While Croydon’s NHS has been leading the fight against COVID-19, for some people in Croydon it’s been a fight to keep food on the table.
“We’re bringing together community groups, businesses and our One Croydon partners so that we can make a difference to those who really need it. While our campaign runs across the ‘traditional’ Christmas period, we’re supporting those of all faiths in our mission to ensure no family goes hungry this winter.
“From donating items to contributing to the COVID-19 relief fund, or even donating your time, we’d encourage everyone to get involved and share some Christmas kindness in our communities.”
To find out how to get involved, visit https://cvalive.org.uk/