Annie Sheppard

Losing my mum, my mentor, my best friend, the person who made me who I am, has hit my inner self with such a hard hitting blow, I barely know how to walk through life without her by my side. My thoughts are often low, incredibly sad, without a purpose, despite having my own wonderful family. That is the effect of grief – and our whole world is full of it.

I am a self-motivated person, and I know that the best strategy to manage grief is to focus on a positive part of life. To me, this is Hampers for Heroes. The group gave me the opportunity to retrain my thoughts and to process all the grief, to battle with the sad thoughts and have a new purpose.

Some days I still wake up, visualise my mum, and yes the tears still come, and I hope they always will. But being part of the beautiful team that is Hampers for Heroes helps me to manage my mental health every day. Sometimes you can’t quantify or qualify or even put into words what something means to you. It’s just a state of being there. In being part of this team, I have got through the very worst experience of my life. And that, is how much it means.

Jon Endres

Your beautiful hampers were delivered yesterday and I’ve been inundated with ‘Thank You’s and appreciation to be passed on to your team all day. Each staff member affected by symptoms or isolation has had a really tough time recently, your generosity has given them such a boost.

I wanted to congratulate you for doing such a fantastic thing for these hard workers. Their complete dedication has not gone unnoticed by the country and your hampers made them realise this. Please pass on my thanks to everyone who is supporting you – you’re all amazing.

Jayne Wilson

Donating to Hampers for Heroes is an absolute honour – not only to feel like we’re supporting and making a difference, but to see the dedication too.

I have seen first-hand the impact of receiving a hamper at the Young Persons Unit at the QE Hospital. The way the nurses on the ward were uplifted was priceless, they were overwhelmed and so thankful.
Hampers for Heroes is an amazing initiative which supports our hard working key workers. I’d love to see them grow nationally with the support to be here beyond Covid-19.

Consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Thank you Victoria Hanson and all the team at Hampers for Heroes. Your kindness and generosity goes further than you think in uplifting spirit of all hardworking NHS staff! A big cheer to you all!!

Catering Staff Member at Solihull Hospital

Catering at Solihull would like to thank you for our lovely hamper yesterday. It the first thing we have had during this outbreak. We really appreciate it and all enjoyed it.

Midwife at The Highfield Hospital

Thank you so much for the hampers given to us today. We are extremely grateful that you have thought of us during some really challenging times.