Hospice patients to receive a week’s worth of meals from Bedford supermarket

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A Bedford supermarket has donated a week’s worth of meals for every patient at a local hospice.

Sue Ryder St John’s received the special donation from Morrisons to celebrate this year’s Hospice Care Week.

Sandra Muir, community champion at Morrisons in Bedford, helped staff from the hospice in Moggerhanger with the collection, which included steak pies, mince, quiche, cod, salmon, potatoes, broccoli, carrots and apple pies among other items.

To celebrate Hospice Care Week, which ran from October 5 to 12, staff, volunteers and supporters from Moggerhanger Hospice also headed down to Morrisons in Bedford, Cambourne and Shefford on Friday October 9 as part of the charity’s National Collection Day, where they packed bags and collected donations from customers.

The money is still being counted but it is hoped the event raised £100,000 for Sue Ryder.

Mike Coward, Hospice Director for Sue Ryder St John’s, said: “We pride ourselves on offering quality food to our patients and our menu is deliberately extensive to encourage people to eat well while they are in our care.

“No request is too big or small for our chefs, who do everything they can to ensure our patients receive freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals. We also aim to offer as much choice as possible of food that our patients will enjoy eating – perhaps their favourite meal, or a special request.

“The support we’ve received from Morrisons over the past 18 months has been incredible and on behalf of everyone at the hospice, I’d like to thank the team at the store for their latest generous donation, which will ensure our patients continue to benefit from fresh, delicious and nutritious meals at no cost to the hospice.”

Morrisons made the donations to Sue Ryder’s hospices and neurological care centres across the country to celebrate both Hospice Care Week and their ongoing ‘Made by Morrisons’ mince promotion.

10p per pack of butchers’ mince sold at Morrisons between 28th September and 30th October is being donated to the Morrisons Raise a Smile partnership with Sue Ryder, which started in February 2014 and has raised over £3.4m.

It is hoped the mince promotion will raise £35,000 towards the partnership, which is funding new community healthcare services, family support teams and Sue Ryder’s Online Community and Support, providing the best possible care to people at the end of their lives and support for their families.