We helped to deliver over 200 welfare packs, warmly received by the MS Community in Kent.
Last week we joined forces with the Kent MS Therapy Centre (KMSTC) and Pfizer to assemble and distribute more than 200 welfare packs across Kent. More than 20 volunteers helped in total.
The packs, containing food essentials such as pasta, tea, coffee, baked beans, porridge and jam, were delivered to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who are members of KMSTC. The packs were funded by a number of grant giving organisations which set up emergency funds specifically to help charities affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Since the packs were delivered, many messages of thanks have been received by members who were thrilled with their gifts.
Gilly Stowe, from Herne Bay, said: “What a lovely gesture. You know already that I think you are wonderful, amazing. This only endorses it further, bless you all.”
Jo Robson, from Whitstable, added: “Thank you so much for the lovely parcel. Amazing place that has helped me so much.”
Sean Pryor, from Whitfield, said: “Thank you to all at KMSTC, to all the volunteers of the centre and from the Air Ambulance for the safe delivery of a food parcel delivered by Mark on Tuesday afternoon. I was one of the lucky 200 and I am very grateful at this kind thought and such a wonderful initiative. It was very surprising and put a smile on my face. You would have thought I had won the lottery! Just goes to show that simple kindness and gestures are very impactful.”
Jaguar Land Rover kindly made vehicles available to KSS, which we used to transport the packs across the county.
In addition, Robins Packaging in Hersden donated paper bags for the initiative and Kite Packaging in Sittingbourne donated cardboard boxes.
Head of Fundraising for the Kent MS Therapy Centre, Moira Mitchell, said: “We are delighted that the packs have been so well received and the plan is to run this community initiative for another couple of months. It was great to collaborate with KSS and we are also so thankful to the businesses that donated items to make this project a success.”
David Welch, Chief Executive of KSS, said: “We were delighted to help Kent MSTC with this initiative. Healthcare charities have a crucial role to play in caring for our communities and through collaboration we can make even more of a difference.”
“We also want to reiterate our thanks to Jaguar Land Rover, who have made four vehicles available to KSS to help in the fight against Coronavirus. We are continuing our primary service of providing fast-response emergency medical care 24/7 and in addition we are currently further supporting the NHS through the transfer of Coronavirus patients within our region as and when required.”