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Local health practioners donate to food pantry at Forres Town Hall


By Garry McCartney

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LOCAL health practitioners have marked the contributions that nurses make to society by making a difference to a worthy cause.

On International Nurse's Day (May 12), Forres Neighbourhood Care Team Leader/Queens Nurse, Danielle McLeod and District Nurse Team Leader Fiona Adams, organised a donation of food to the new pantry run by Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) at Forres Town Hall.

Staff at Forres Health Centre donate food to Forres Area Community Trusts Larder on International Nurses Day...From left are Lindsey Standring (FACT), Tracey Cooper, Fiona Adams, Danielle Mcleod, Lesley-Anne Exon, Graham Watson (FACT) and James Hynam (front)...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Staff at Forres Health Centre donate food to Forres Area Community Trusts Larder on International Nurses Day...From left are Lindsey Standring (FACT), Tracey Cooper, Fiona Adams, Danielle Mcleod, Lesley-Anne Exon, Graham Watson (FACT) and James Hynam (front)...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

She said: "We discussed how we can celebrate International Nurses Day this year and decided to donate to the local food bank.

"Whilst I was down their FACT volunteer and community engagement co-ordinator, Lindsey Standring, told me about the new Forres pantry which only started recently.

"We want to help our community and support the great work FACT do so we collected and donated a large selection of non-perishable foods and household products."

The Forres pantry is open on Saturdays from 10am-noon in the Lesser Hall.

A collaboration between charities Moray Food Plus (MFP) and Forres Area Community Trust (FACT), as well as savings and loans cooperative Moray Firth Credit Union (MFCU), it contains fresh and frozen surplus food from the FareShare scheme which would otherwise go to waste.

Membership is free and it costs £2.50 each time someone visits the pantry. Additional free items may also be available.

The food that is supplied from FareShare via Moray Food Plus is supplemented by food that is bought by FACT for the Pantry.

This is funded by the money that was taken in the previous week so there is something available in all the different food categories. FACT also welcomes donations, including food, to help support this project.

Lindsey said: "I was pleased to work with Danielle so that the Nursing Team could donate items that are not currently available via Fareshare."

International Nurses' Day is observed around the world on the anniversary of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated it since 1965. This year, International Nurses Day has 'Make a Difference' as its theme.

Nurse-led local services including district nursing, Forres Neighbourhood and Care Team (FNCT), Community Treatment and Care Hub (CTCH), health visits, school nursing, practice nursing, Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) and Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs).

Danielle finished: "We will also celebrate with the wider team supporting the nursing service by having some well-deserved coffee and cake!"



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