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Walsall fans help provide free food and drink to NHS staff

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A food van which will provide NHS staff with free food and drink has been set up by Walsall FC fans.

The van will be visiting health centres in Walsall

The van will be visiting local health centres and hospitals every Tuesday and Thursday until funds run out.

The idea was set up by the Independent Saddlers Supporters’ Association. Volunteers and fans were at Manor Hospital on Tuesday (7th) between 10am and 5pm to hand out free breakfasts, burgers, teas, coffees and more to staff.

Steve Shaw, vice chairman of ISSA, said he believed it was very important to show appreciation to NHS staff during tough times.

He said: “My wife is on the frontline as a paramedic so I know first-hand what it’s like, this is just a gesture of appreciation.

“We do lots of money raising events through the year, mainly for grassroots football and underprivileged kids, so we are delighted to come up with this idea to show our appreciation to the NHS.”

ISSA committed an initial £1,000 to the initiative which was matched by a generous supporter who donated a further £1,000.

Mr Shaw added: "We have also raised money with a shirt sale from Dean Keates that pulled in £650, and the rest of the money has come through donations from Walsall fans that are members of ISSA.”

The van itself was provided by West Midlands Inflatables, who have also provided staff free of charge.

Blakenhall Health Centre will also receive a visit on Thursday, April 9 from 10am to 5pm.

By Nathan Rowe

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