Charity aims to fuel recovery with free food packs

Jacqui Gibb, from Berwick Food Bank, and Frances Octon, a Bell View volunteer.
Jacqui Gibb, from Berwick Food Bank, and Frances Octon, a Bell View volunteer.

A cutting-edge lifeline for people who have just been discharged from hospital has been launched in north Northumberland.

Bell View, the award-winning charity that supports older people, has produced a new scheme designed to make sure people who have been recently discharged have the essentials to ensure they are not going home to an empty larder.

The free scheme, run by the Belford-based charity in partnership with the Berwick Food Bank, is the only one of its type known in the UK.

Many people leave hospital with the worry that there isn’t anything to eat and sustain them at home, which can be detrimental to the recovery of the patient.

Jane Field, of Bell View, said: “The idea behind the scheme is to give people some independence and peace of mind for their first days back at home after hospital.”

The food pack includes bread, milk, butter, jam, cheese, tin of ham, rice pudding, a tin of soup, beans, tea, coffee, a packet of biscuits, a tin of vegetables and fresh fruit. If someone has a pet, food can be provided for them too.

They can be delivered to Belford, Seahouses, Wooler, Milfield, Ford & Etal, Lowick and the surrounding areas. Contact 01668 219220 or 01668 219538.