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High Wych mum steps up with support for heroic staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

A High Wych mum decided she had to do something to help NHS staff after a friend who is a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital revealed the desperate conditions workers are experiencing.

Leila-Marie Bruce issued an appeal for donations for staff at the Harlow hospital after speaking to her friend, who works in the cancer unit.

And the appeal has been so successful Leila-Marie is now dropping off donations to foodbanks and giving food parcels to people shielding.

Leila-Marie said besides the hospital drops, among the shielding people she had helped was a woman in Hatfield Heath, whose food parcel included a home-cooked meal of spaghetti bolognese.

Leila-Marie Bruce with some of the items donated (43899840)
Leila-Marie Bruce with some of the items donated (43899840)

“The response has been brilliant,” said Leila Marie, who added she felt she had to do something for hospital staff after hearing how ambulances are queueing up outside the hospital.

“During the first lockdown there were rainbows in windows and people were clapping for the NHS, while this time, in a way, they seem to have been forgotten.”

Besides health carers at the hospital she is also donating to other staff, including cleaners.

Leila-Marie is asking people to drop off items at her home in Mansfield, High Wych, but Luna Law, the legal firm she works for as an associate legal executive, is also collecting for shielding people around its base in Great Dunmow.

She says her desire to do something to help comes from thinking about her nan, who died a couple of years ago.

Leila-Marie Bruce with some of the items donated (43899836)
Leila-Marie Bruce with some of the items donated (43899836)

“I kept thinking if she was here she would be so frightened,” said mum-of-two Leila-Marie, who hasn’t been able to see her own mum as she has COPD.

For details of donations needed and where to drop them off see Leila-Marie’s Facebook page or if you wish to donate to the Luna Law appeal they are based at Telford House, 12A Stortford Road, Great Dunmow.

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