Treats and wheelchairs galore for Newport's hardworking vaccine centre staff

Food, wine, cash donations and even some wheelchairs have been given to the staff running Newport's vaccination centre in an outpouring of public support.

From left with the new wheelchairs are volunteer Roger Osborne, clinical director Dr Stefan Waldendorf, Lindsey Astley and Sam Evans from Ableworld
From left with the new wheelchairs are volunteer Roger Osborne, clinical director Dr Stefan Waldendorf, Lindsey Astley and Sam Evans from Ableworld

Several businesses and supermarkets have also given treats and gifts to the brave staff who are vaccinating people at the Combat Stress site in Audley Court.

Among the organisations to have helped are Newport Food Save & Share, Burton Borough School, Waitrose, Lidl, Newport & Telford Eats, Costa, The Pheasant, Subway, Margaret's Farm and Wok 'n' Roll.

Ableworld have loaned them three wheelchairs for patients' comfort.

Mayor Peter Scott said: "It struck me that many people wanted to thank the team at Audley Court but there was no obvious way to do it so I set up a JustGiving page and asked that anyone not wanting to use the online link could send cash to the Guildhall for food and drink donations or to the x-ray appeal.

"The response has been amazing. I have been able to sort out food and drink for Audley Court, the two surgeries at Linden Hall and Wellington Road and the rapid test centre [at Cosy Hall].

Appreciation

"There has also been a brilliant response from businesses with food and drink, online takeaways and even wheelchairs.

"The vaccine staff are very appreciative. The vaccinations will go on for some time yet so people can still donate if they want to."

See the JustGiving page, which has already raised more than £1,100, at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/peter-scott-2.

The description says: "The local primary care network consists of four surgeries in Newport, Donnington and Shawbirch. The staff and volunteers are organising and providing free Covid vaccinations to the area over quite a long period.

"This fund will be shared between the surgeries as a 'thank you' from grateful residents. The money will be used as the surgery sees fit, either as a charitable donation or to treat the staff and volunteers."

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