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Kitchen donation will make ‘real difference’ to Bexley hospice patients

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 01 December 2017

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice chief executive Kate Heaps, people manager at Morrisons Welling Chrissie Moore, manager at Morrisons Welling Jamie Johnson, hospice chef Brian Thompson, and hospice trusts fundraiser Louise Bishop. Picture: Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice chief executive Kate Heaps, people manager at Morrisons Welling Chrissie Moore, manager at Morrisons Welling Jamie Johnson, hospice chef Brian Thompson, and hospice trusts fundraiser Louise Bishop. Picture: Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

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Patients at a long-established hospice will now live in greater comfort thanks to a £70,000 donation to refurbish their kitchen.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice has received £72,385 from the Morrisons Foundation, following a fundraising campaign which called on support to revamp the small, outdated kitchen, and improve the choice of meals on offer.

When the hospice was unveiled in 1994, it provided food for 10 inpatients and a small Day Hospice. But today, the kitchen serves regular meals each day for 15-19 inpatients and visitors; lays on lunch for up to 75 people attending the Day Hospice every week; supplies meals for about 30 staff and volunteers daily; and caters for additional activities such as training and education programmes.

Hospice chef Brian Thompson said: “Each meal that comes out of my kitchen could be a patient’s last and so I make sure it is the best it can possibly be, because good nutrition is key to everyone’s health and wellbeing.

“The kitchen space is now too small for the number of meals we provide and we’re using old equipment – which is unreliable and adds to the hospice running costs.

“Refurbishing the kitchen will mean we can work in a comfortable and efficient space, with modern equipment, and have the space to prepare more culturally diverse foods and meals.”

The cheque was presented to the hospice by Jamie Johnson, from the local Morrisons branch. The Morrisons Foundation – an independent charity – was formed by the supermarket in 2015, and it has since raised more than £15million for hundreds of charities across the UK.

“We were delighted to present this cheque to a charity which provides such important support in our local community,” said Jamie.

“This project will make a real difference to patients, families, volunteers and staff.”

Hospice chief executive Kate Heaps added: “We’re really grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous donation. This means we’ll be able to start work on the refurbishment sooner than we’d expected. We’re also grateful to Tesco and local Freemasons lodges who have also donated to the project.”

View the campaign video at youtube.com/watch?v=0jUzYGNIEs8.

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