Ninewells Porters pay back the community

Porters based at Ninewells Hospital have backed NHS Tayside’s Pay it Forward campaign by collecting for the Dundee Foodbank.

The team wanted to give back to the local community, after they received many donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses and members of the public regularly delivered food to NHS Tayside at the height of the outbreak.

Now, the Ninewells portering team has collected a range of non-perishable food items and toiletries to help those in need.

Carolyn Thompson, Portering Services Manager said, “The porters came to me and asked if they could start a collection for the Dundee Foodbank. I thought this was a brilliant idea and by the end of day one they had already filled a crate.

“My team were bowled over by the support they received during the coronavirus pandemic, it really kept them going during the difficult time. They felt the best way they could show their appreciation was to pay it forward.”

NHS Tayside was inundated with incredibly generous donations for both staff and patients from people and business across Tayside.

The NHS Tayside Pays it Forward campaign was initiated by members of staff who wanted to donate items to communities across Tayside to say thank you for the support they have received during the coronavirus pandemic.

As we are now seeing a welcome decrease in the number of coronavirus patients and the focus turns to planning for the next phases, staff decided that it was now their time to give back.

A list of organisations that are accepting donations can be found on the NHS Tayside website.

The video to accompany the launch of the Pay it Forward campaign can be viewed here.



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