Over 1,500 snack packs donated to ambulance service staff from Rapid Relief Team UK

Mar 28, 2022 | Members e-Bulletin, News

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is delighted to have received a
donation of over 1,500 snack packs from Rapid Relief Team UK that will be enjoyed by the Trust’s
busy ambulance crews over the coming weeks.

People standing in front of ambulances

The generous donation from RRT was received at North Harbour Resource Centre, Portsmouth

With demand on its ambulance service at unprecedented levels, SCAS was very grateful to be offered
a generous donation of over 1,500 snack packs from Rapid Relief Team UK that was formally received
at the Trust’s North Harbour Resource Centre in Portsmouth today (Wednesday 2 March).

Mark Ainsworth, Director of Operations at South Central Ambulance Service, said:

“Our 999 colleagues in our control rooms and out on the road are working incredibly hard at the
moment with a level of demand we have not seen before. This means that sadly too often many of
our frontline staff out on the road are having late meal breaks, long waits at hospitals to handover
patients and continuing to deliver their usual high levels of patient care after the end of their allocated

“One of the things we are doing to support staff at such challenging times is providing welfare vehicles
at local hospitals where crews can get hot and cold food and drinks whilst they wait to handover
patients or take a short break between emergency calls. Thanks to this generation donation from
Rapid Relief Team UK, it now means that they can also pick up a free snack pack to keep them going
whilst out responding in the community to their patients too.”

The snack packs contain Peperami Sticks, Crisps, a Breakfast Bar, a packet of sweets, Nutella &
Breadsticks, dried apricots, SOS Electrolyte Hydration Sachet compatible with the RRT Bottled
Water packed into a reusable bag for ease of transport.

Scott Andrews, Regional Team Leader for South Central UK at Rapid Relief Team UK said:

We have tailored the Snack Packs to the needs of the frontline workers, especially the Ambulance
Service who are on the go and need a refuel during their working day. The work of the Ambulance
Service is crucial to our society, and we appreciate their continued commitment to their role and
our communities – a huge thank you from all at RRT! We hope this will provide some refreshment,
encouragement and help re-energise the teams.”

Having been received at the Trust’s North Harbour Resource Centre, the snack packs will now be
split between the welfare vehicles that are in operation across the SCAS operational area so that
they can be picked up by frontline ambulance staff whilst they are on duty.

Rapid Relief Team