Appeal for shops to help collect donations for South Tyneside hospital ICU nurses

Good samaritans who are collecting donations for nurses working on the Intensive Care Unit at South Tyneside hospital are appealing for help finding more drop-off points.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 12:43 am

They are collecting donations of essential items such as food and toiletries for those who are on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

The Marsden Inn in South Shields was announced as the first collection point, but the pub has since had to close after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of Friday.

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Marsden Inn landlord Michael Ward and South Shields Community Warriors.

Although the pub had initially remained open for donations, due to attempts to purchase alcohol on the site it has now closed completely.

Donations can still be left but people will need to knock.

ICU nurses at South Tyneside District Hospital receive their first donation package.

However, the latest developments have led to a call for other shops and establishments – which are still open – to volunteer as drop-off points in a bid to collect as many items as possible.

The Marsden Inn landlord, Michael Ward said: “The more places that people can drop items off at, the better.”

Joseph Langley, of South Shields Community Warriors, said: “We took the first donation to the hospital on Friday and we couldn’t believe how grateful they were for it.

“We would like to collect enough donations to be able to deliver every couple of days.

“When we get sick they are the ones who will be looking after us, the least we can do is try and keep them fed and watered for now.”

He added: “I’m now looking for any local shops who would be willing to accept donations. If we do go into full lockdown as other countries have, their shops have still remained open.”

If you can help contact the South Shields Community Warriors Facebook page.