Update: Maymessy have been recognised by Wantage MP David Johnston for their outstanding voluntary efforts at this time. Please click here to nominate them as Volunteer Week Heros!
Following the wonderful reception of their first delivery of care packages to many departments of the NHS in Oxford Hospitals over Easter, Maymessy continues to deliver snacks and treats to support critical care staff working at the John Radcliffe each week.
Since then, Maymessy has been asked to deliver snacks to support parents at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford every weekend so parents can grab a quick snack and not be away from their sick child for too long.
“We wanted to say a huge thank you for the delicious food deliveries we receive on Bellhouse-Drayson Ward. We are feeling very well fed and appreciate all the effort you have gone to. It has certainly helped to keep the spirits up of staff and families. You are wonderful,” says the Bellhouse-Drayson Ward team at the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
It is not just the NHS in Oxford Maymessy wants to support, they have also sent care packages to the team at Wantage Fire Station. The firefighters were due to volunteer at a picnic for a local charity Team Mikayla supporting children with cancer at Maymessy in June.
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The packages contain delicious treats and pampering products all donated by local businesses such as Tesco Grove, Waitrose, The Kats Whiskers, The Living Herb and The Hive. Wantage teenagers Tilda, Molly and Alice have also been busy baking homemade snacks.
Anna Richards, owner of Maymessy, a Community Interest Company, came up with the idea shortly after lockdown began and events at her cookery school had to be cancelled.
“We feel incredibly grateful to have the NHS and other key workers continuing to work hard and risking their lives to look after us all. We wanted to help support these amazing people in our own small way,” explains Anna. “The NHS staff have spent all this time away from their families in a hotel so they can self-isolate, making this incredibly difficult time even harder. I have received so many heart-warming comments about how our deliveries are helping to show our appreciation.”
If any local businesses would like to donate small gifts or snacks, please contact Anna Richards by email: email@example.com