STAFF at a national health board have put in a communal effort to donate food items to a food bank when receiving their required flu jabs.

As part of this year's staff flu campaign, staff at Betsi Cadwaladr have been working together to support their local communities by donating items of food to the Trussell Trust, which has three foodbanks in North Wales, providing a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.

Gavin Jones, health intervention co-ordinator for the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department said: "This year, as part of our staff flu campaign, we've been asking our staff, if they are able to, they can donate an item from an approved list to the Trussell Trust when receiving their flu jab.

"When our staff have their flu jab, they're not only protecting themselves, but also their family, friends and patients, and by donating to the foodbank, they're also providing protection and support to the families in crisis who use local foodbanks.

"Today, I'm really pleased to hand over the first collection from Glan Clwyd Hospital to Andrew Sturgess from the Trussell Trust. Over the coming weeks we will be arranging delivery of the collection at our other sites.”

Andrew Sturgess, area manager for the Trussell Trust in North Wales said: "I'd like to say a big thank you to the staff at Glan Clwyd Hospital, who've donated all this wonderful food and to those in other sites across North Wales who have bought and donated to the foodbanks of North Wales.

"These donations will make a big difference this Christmas to people in their local communities."

For those wishing to donate to one of the local collection points in the area, visit Deeside Hospital, Mold Hospital, Holywell Hospital, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.