The Hartlepool nurse delivering food parcels to needy after busy shifts working for hospital trust

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A Hartlepool nurse who has gone beyond the call of duty by helping to deliver care packages to needy residents has been rewarded.

Nicky Cockerill is already on the frontline of the coronavirus battle as a worker for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

But after finishing busy shifts, she has also been helping to deliver food parcels to doorsteps of the elderly, needy, vulnerable and those in isolation as a volunteer with Hartlepool Ambulance Charity.

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Since the lockdown began, the charity, which is training up members of the public in first aid, has delivered parels containing food and essential toiletries to to 450 households all over Hartlepool.

Nicky Cockerill delivering food parcels with Hartlepool Ambulance Charity and (right) her certificate of thanks.Nicky Cockerill delivering food parcels with Hartlepool Ambulance Charity and (right) her certificate of thanks.
Nicky Cockerill delivering food parcels with Hartlepool Ambulance Charity and (right) her certificate of thanks. | User (UGC)

In recognition of Nicky's support, she has been named an honorary patron of Hartlepool Ambulance Charity and presented with a certificate of thanks.

As well as helping to deliver the food parcels, Nicky and her family have also given hundreds of pounds to help buy supplies.

Jason Anderson, of Hartlepool Ambulance Charity, said: “Nicky approached us about six weeks ago. She had seen the work we were doing and asked if she could get involved.

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“As well as delivering parcels she goes that little bit extra by having socially distanced chats with the people which makes all the difference.

Nicky at work delivering food parcels.Nicky at work delivering food parcels.
Nicky at work delivering food parcels. | User (UGC)

“She is a really lovely person.”

Nicky and her family have made significant cash donations and she has been instrumental in gaining more donations from others.

“With her help alone she’s made absolutely sure that many of the town’s needy will continue to receive unexpected kindness,” added Jason.

The project is a joint effort between Hartlepool Ambulance Charity, Radio Hartlepool, and The Annexe community centre.

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Nicky brightens up recipients' days with her doorstep chats.Nicky brightens up recipients' days with her doorstep chats.
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Parcels contain non perishable foods including tins, pasta biscuits and toiletries such as toilet rolls.

The drive has also secured support from Morrisons in Hartlepool which will provide food donations in addition to also helping Poolie Time Exchange and Hartlepool Foodbank.

Jason added: “We’re in out ninth week this week. With Morrisons support, it has guaranteed it will continue for at least another ten weeks.”

Anyone who wants to suggest someone to receive one of the parcels or would like to donate should get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

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