Stamford hospital supports ‘bellies not bins’ moto of local food charity

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Published 20.12.2022

Staff, patients and visitors at Stamford and Rutland Hospital are supporting a community initiative to reduce food waste and feed ‘bellies not bins’ this Christmas.

A collection point has been set up in the hospital’s reception and is receiving donations of non-perishable food to pass on to Stamford-based charity, Second Helpings, where volunteers work with local suppliers and supermarkets to redistribute surplus food nearing its best before date.

The project is run in partnership with the Stamford Methodist Church and the local community, where donated food is transformed into delicious meals for those who need them the most.

Stamford and Rutland Hospital matron Caroline Wood said: “This is a great cause that we have supported in previous years and the staff are delighted to be doing so again this Christmas.

“While many of us take for granted the joy of having a cooked meal and in particular during the festive season, it is comforting to know that there is charity right on our doorstep that not only provides this wonderful gesture but also helps to reduce food waste.

“Thank you to everyone – staff and visitors - who already have or plan to donate to our collection. All the food will be donated to Second Helpings to use over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Peterborough City Hospital, Rutland and Stamford Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon are all part of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

For more details about Second Helpings visit


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Stamford and Rutland Hospital matron Caroline Wood with some of the donations.

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