Lord Mayor of Wakefield and Easter bunny visits children’s ward

Posted by Amy Gumbrell 10 Apr 2020

The Lord Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Charles Keith, today (Thursday 9 April) joined forces with Wakefield Street Kitchen (WSK) and The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). They made sure a donation of Easter eggs from wilko got through to the children’s ward and staff creche at Pinderfields Hospital in time for Easter.

The idea is the brainchild of Anna Howard from WSK. She, along with other volunteers, has been making and delivering meals to 130 hospital staff and 20 homeless people every day for the last three weeks using food donated to TRJFP by wilko and many other suppliers, distributors and retailers.

Anna Howard, team leader at WSK, said: “When I heard that Wilko had donated a pallet of Easter eggs to The Real Junk Food Project, I knew we could do something to bring some joy to the children on the ward and in the staff creche at Pinderfields over the Easter weekend. The Lord Mayor and the Easter bunny made sure that some special (and safe) deliveries took place today. They brought smiles to the children’s faces.”

The Lord Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Charles Keith, said: “This is a time when people are being confined to home. No visiting the hospital is allowed. I appreciated the sentiment and all the selfless work and care the Wakefield Street Kitchen undertakes week in, week out.

“So, I called upon all my contacts within the healthcare community. They helped risk assess and create a safe environment where this act of true kindness could take place. I thank all those involved. It is a pleasure to work alongside you.

“Keep Safe, keep well and keep being kind to each other. Happy Easter.”

Jerome Saint-Marc, wilko CEO, said: “We know that this crisis is hitting those who were already vulnerable the hardest. We’re focusing our community work particularly on families and the elderly, ensuring they have access to essential non-food items. 

“We’re so grateful to NHS staff, such as those at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. They are working tirelessly to keep the nation safe. We hope our small gesture of Easter eggs will bring a little joy to young patients and hardworking frontline NHS teams’ families alike during these testing times.

“We’re incredibly proud of, and thankful to our team members across the entire business. They have done a phenomenal job ensuring hardworking families have access to the products they need. We appreciate the extra mile they’re going to. They do this while supporting fantastic causes and our communities across the country, including here in West Yorkshire.”

Adam Smith set up the TRJFP in 2013. He wanted to distribute perfectly edible food that would otherwise not make it to plate to individuals, cafes, schools and community groups. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the charity has switched its focus. They want to ensure that food reaches the people who need it most, as well as NHS workers.

Over the last three weeks, TRJFP has distributed over 250 packs of food to NHS staff so far. This week alone over 900 isolation packs are being delivered. They are going to those in self-isolation in Wakefield and Leeds by the charity’s army of volunteers.

To make a donation to TRJFP’s campaign visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wakefield-and-surrounding-areas-covid19-support