Free chocolates and fruit for Norwich hospital staff
An amazing 3000 chocolate bars, fruit and doughnuts have been given away for free to dedicated staff working at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital by a team from Gateway Vineyard church as part of its 1000 Hours kindness campaign for Lent.
An 11-strong team, including two children, were based in the hospital chapel alongside one of the hospital chaplains, Rev Mark Taylor, according to children & families pastor Marc Lillystone from Gateway.
“We were able to bless staff with a token of appreciation including fruit, chocolate, doughnuts and chocolate alternatives. Staff came from departments across the hospital and many who work behind the scenes commented saying ‘how nice it is to be thanked’ and ‘what a generous thing to do’, ‘I’ve never been thanked before’. One young healthcare assistant even went as far as saying it was ‘the best thing that had happened to her!’,” said Marc.
“We had two children in our team who did a great job attracting staff in to receive their free gift – no one could say no to them! We were also able to invite all who came to the chapel (and those who couldn’t leave their departments but colleagues took them a gift) to our 1000 Hours celebration event on Sunday April 28, at 10.30am at Norwich High School for Girls.”
Any leftover gifts were delivered to the staff at the nearby Cotman Centre who couldn’t get to the chapel and also do a great job worthy of thanks.
“A number of staff had never visited the chapel before and commented on what a peaceful and nice space it was,” said Marc. “Staff were interested in the 1000 Hours project, how they could join in themselves and whether we would be back next year!”