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Supporting local hospice care with our surplus allotment food

hospice-allotment-vegLocal people are turning surplus food from their allotments into donations to support the work of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

LA21 volunteers Steve and Alex Cardis have an allotment in West Byfleet, where there are over 100 plots. At certain times of year there are surplus crops of vegetables.

They had the bright idea of contacting Woking & Sam Beare Hospices to see whether their surplus could be put to good use.

The vegetables are offered to staff and volunteers in exchange for a donation to the hospices. Lots of plotholders have donated vegetables – and they have already raised over £175.

It’s a real treat!

At the peak of harvest time, Steve and Alex were bringing food donations to the hospice twice a week, and a real variety: runner beans, marrows, courgettes, tomatoes, berries, pumpkins, cucumbers, potatoes, beetroot…!

Anda Chiu, Community Fundraiser for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices says, “Staff and volunteers really appreciated the opportunity to get fresh allotment vegetables. Steve and Alex would bring food that had been picked earlier the same day and we could have it that night for tea! I think it encouraged people to try new things as well. The real bonus is the opportunity to eat well whilst supporting local Hospice Care.”

hospice-allotment-veg-2Where does the money go?

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices provide specialist end-of-life care to people living in Surrey. Each year they care for 1200 patients both in the hospices and out in the community in patient’s own homes, enabling people to live the fullest life they can.

All of the hospices’ care and services are provided for free and with only a small part of funding coming from government, and annual running costs of £8.8 million, the hospices need the community they serve to support them.

Anda says, “To ensure we continue to offer the best possible care to our patients, we are currently building a new hospice in Goldsworth Park, which will become home to a 20-bed inpatient unit, a Wellbeing Centre and home for our ever-expanding community nursing team”. To find out more visit: www.wsbhospices.co.uk/newbuild