MORE than 38,000 people have benefited from donations sourced and co-ordinated by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Howard Watts, Director of SFRS Community Safety, said: "I’m incredibly proud of the work our staff has put in to supporting our communities during this unprecedented lockdown and I think what we have seen over these past few months is how important it is for people to stick and work together during difficult times".
The fire service sourced and distributed donations worth more than £250,000 in ten weeks and this total had reached over £280,00 by mid-July.
A number of schools, care homes, charities and foodbanks across the county have been benefactors of these donations, which have come in the form of more than 99,000 meals, 287,200 lunch packs and 12,494 food parcels.
Among the many companies who have donated to the SFRS appeal are Leek-based, Ornua Foods, whose managing director, Bill Hunter, said: “Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff from both Ornua and Staffordshire Fire we have managed to distribute over 8,000 packs of cheese to a range of charities and community initiatives as well as directly to NHS front line staff.”
CEO at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, David Webster said: “At Dougie Mac we are constantly astounded and humbled by the generosity and kindness shown by local people and local organisations toward our hospice.
"During the Covid-19 pandemic our staff were delighted to receive some fantastic treats such as trifles, yoghurts, chocolate eggs and even delicious cheeses from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service".