Age UK Cheshire delivered more than 100 food parcels to Ellesmere Port hospital thanks to a number of volunteers.

The food parcels, packed and delivered by Age UK Cheshire’s volunteers, are being handed out to older people upon discharge at Ellesmere Port Hospital to help them cope after they have left.

Each food parcel contains an assortment of food and drink essentials, including pasta, porridge, milk, soup, tinned vegetables, tea and coffee, plus one or two treats such as hot chocolate and shortbread.

The first recipient of the food parcels, Mrs Freda McCulloch pictured with Ruby ward manager Lynne Riches

Vauxhall Motors donated £2,100 to Age UK Cheshire earlier this year, which enabled the charity to create the food parcels. It is hoped that this will help cut down the number of people who end up back on the wards within weeks of leaving.

Matron Clare Edwards said: “I am delighted with this substantial and very practical donation.

“The food parcels will be passed on to patients who are not able to get out shopping so easily.

“With this gift they can be discharged with the reassurance that on arrival home they will have the necessary ingredients for a nice cup of tea as well as a number of simple but nutritious meals.

“These very generously filled bags will make a huge difference for our patients and will help to prevent delays in discharge – after all, there is no place like home!

“Many thanks to Vauxhall Motors and Age UK Cheshire for their generosity.”

A number of food parcels have already been given out to older people in need across Ellesmere Port, including at Age UK Cheshire’s day centre, a care home and via mobile libraries – reaching out to people in rural areas.