THE NHS trust which provides mental health and learning disability services across Oldham says it has been overwhelmed by gifts, kind-hearted donations and support in the last few weeks.

The Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trusts says its staff have continued to treat and care for thousands of vulnerable patients on both Royal Oldham Hospital mental health wards and in the community throughout the pandemic.

Local communities and businesses have supplied handmade scrubs, chocolates, cakes, toiletries, takeaway meals, comfort packs, fresh fruit, technology and much more to the grateful NHS heroes.

Oldham community mental health team were delighted when they received a lovely fruit and veg box donated by Diggle Lock Restaurant and Shop, Scents and Sparkle Emporium delivered gift bags to Rowan ward at Royal Oldham Hospital, and Maple House were given some luxurious hand cream from TatFresh Tattoo.

Clare Molloy, chief executive of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The outpouring of kindness and generosity from the Oldham community has been overwhelming and so heart-warming. As well as helping in many practical ways, it’s really lifted the spirits.

“Our staff are doing a fantastic job, in exceptionally difficult circumstances, and I am incredibly proud of the way they have stepped up to meet the demands of running our services during the pandemic. The donations, gifts, messages and support mean so much at a time like this, so we’d like to say a huge thank you.”