A pop-up shop on a coach has parked up at Royal Preston Hospital to ensure NHS staff can get their essentials.Advertisement
28-year-old Sam Archer set up the Heroes Hamper using a coach from his day job.
Originally based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital he was asked by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to set up at RPH too.
Sam said: “We set it up because of the horrendous queues at the big supermarkets that many NHS, healthcare, social care and emergency services staff were having to endure.
“A friend of mine did a 16-hour shift the other week and queued in a Tesco queue for more than three-and-a-half hours to get bread, milk and some fruit and veg.
“We usually run a coach company based in Blackpool and we have shut down so thought we would put the spare buses to good use.”
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The bus stocks fruit, veg, eggs, milk, butter, cheese and a selection of dry and tinned goods, as well as toiletries and toilet roll.
Sam and team are based at the South Drive car park close to the medical rehab unit.
The Heroes Hamper is supplied by Sharrocks Fresh Produce, Wallings, JJ Sandham, Ribble Farm Fare, Farm House Doorstep Deliveries, Staveleys Eggs and JD Bradley Dairies.
It’s open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 5pm on Saturdays and 7am to 1pm on Sundays.
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