Feeding the frontline

Sycamore House and The Firs decided to organise a baking day for the doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are caring for people across the city and beyond.

The residents were assisted in baking cupcakes, brownie bites, cheese scones and other tasty treats for the NHS staff to enjoy. Ross Hodgson, Regional Care Manager, said, “Many of our residents have expressed a wish to show their thanks to the NHS for the great work they do. Our baking day was a fun activity in which they could all participate, while adhering to social distancing guidelines, to produce something that the staff would really appreciate.”

Sycamore House resident Gill Evanson said:

The NHS staff are amazing in what they do and we should be very proud of their service. The baking day was a very small thing to be able to be involved with but I hoped it made some of the staff smile and made their day just a little bit better.

Danni Bromley, who organised the event, delivered the food parcels to staff at the Fraser Ward, which provides beds for 18 inpatients requiring oncological treatment. She said, “Many of our residents and their relatives have received treatment in oncology wards in the past, some within this very hospital. We know that the staff there were among those who our residents, in particular, would want to show their thanks.”

Deputy Ward Managers of the Fraser Ward Anne-Marie Appleyard and Daniel Steven – who received the parcels on behalf of their colleagues – said, “From all of us at Fraser, thank you so much for your kind gesture and amazing heartfelt donation. These past few months have been challenging and with legislation and guidance changing almost daily regarding COVID-19 we have constantly been adapting to a new way of providing care. These sweet treats will be a wonderful pick me up for the Fraser team!”

Fraser Ward receptionist Tracey Sills added:

I don’t know what to say. It’s just wonderful to be thought of in these times. I’m so grateful, thank you for the kind donation.