Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board staff throughout North Wales have been working to support our local communities by donating items to Trussell Trust foodbanks when receiving their flu jab.

The Trussell Trust has three foodbanks in North Wales, which provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.

Gavin Jones, of the Health Board said: “This year, as part of our staff flu campaign, we’ve asked our staff, if they are able, to donate an item from an approved list to the Trussell Trust when receiving their flu jab.

“When our staff have their flu jab, they’re not only protecting themselves, but also their family, friends and patients, and by donating to the foodbank, they’re also providing protection and support to the families in crisis who use local foodbanks. I’m really pleased to hand over the first collection from Glan Clwyd Hospital to Andrew Sturgess from the Trussell Trust. Over the coming weeks we will be arranging delivery of the collection at our other sites.”

Andrew Sturgess, Area Manager for the Trussell Trust said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the staff at Glan Clwyd Hospital, who’ve donated all this wonderful food and to those in other sites across North Wales who have bought and donated to the foodbanks of North Wales.

“These donations will make a big difference this Christmas to people in their local communities.”

The Trussell Trust is a poverty charity founded on Christian principles. It works with people of all faiths and none. Its network of more than 420 foodbanks operates out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.

In 2017/18, the Trust gave 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. In addition to the foodbanks, the Trust's social enterprises provide vital funds as well as volunteering opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Donations to the foodbanks can be made at one of the local collection points, they are situated in: Abergele Hospital, Chirk Hospital, Colwyn Bay Hospital, Deeside Hospital, Holywell Hospital, Llandudno Hospital, Mold Hospital, Penrhos Stanley Hospital, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Ysbyty Alltwen, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Ysbyty Gwynedd