Farmhouse Biscuits launches tasty tribute to NHS

A local biscuit company has rebranded its famous ginger biscuits to say thank you to the NHS.

Farmhouse Biscuits in Nelson will also donate 10p from every packet sold to ELHT&Me, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s official charity.

Having seen the hard work and sacrifice of NHS staff in response to the toronavirus outbreak, the management team decided to relaunch one of their much-loved biscuits in “Thank You NHS” rainbow packaging and make donations to their local hospital.

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Gill McIvor, chief executive of the family owned business, said: “We are just so proud to put a little back into our fabulous NHS, who have been taking great care of us all for over 70 years.

The biscuits

“After facing one of their toughest challenges to date with COVID-19, it felt like the right thing to do.”

ELHT&Me, the official charity for Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Teaching Hospitals, as well as Accrington Victoria, Pendle and Clitheroe Community Hospitals, raises funds and distributes donations to improve environment and experience for patients and staff.

Funds raised during the pandemic, including those from sales of the biscuits, are used to support initiatives and projects that make the pandemic response more managable.

From ‘Oasis’ rooms for staff to take some time out and relax, to iPads keeping patients in touch with their friends and families following visitor restrictions, donations from local companies and organisations make a real difference to those providing and receiving care in the region’s hospitals.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Farmhouse Biscuits on this project,” said Christine Hughes, director of Communications and Engagement at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

“It’s a huge honour for the company to have rebranded one of their classic biscuits to highlight the amazing work of our NHS staff, and we hope that the local community will get behind the campaign and purchase a pack to support us.”

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The Trust is also encouraging staff and the local community to “have a biscuit and a brew” to mark the NHS’ 72nd birthday on July 5th, and share their images on social media using the hashtags #ELHTeaAndBiscuits and #ThankYouNHS.