A DESPERATE plea has gone out from one Burghfield mum hoping to ensure frontline NHS staff can get the food they need while battling back against coronavirus.

Lauren Sparkle, from Burghfield, is fundraising to buy food for a “refuelling station” at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) for staff in the Acute Medical Unit.

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The fundraiser set up a Go Fund Me page to provide “grab and go” food and drinks for staff working around the clock during the coronavirus pandemic.

She explains on the fundraising page: “Reading Acute Medical Unit is now struggling and desperately need local support to provide a refuelling station.

“They need food and drinks to "grab and go".

“The NHS 'Front Line' needs our support now, as much for morale as for their nutrition and ongoing strength.”

The fundraising page has a target of £1,000 and has so far, at the time of writing, raised £415.

A nurse said: “We feel anxious, we feel fear and we keep going because we love our job and feel a huge responsibility to continue to give the best care we possibly can to all our house bound vulnerable patients.”

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Lauren explained she is a local mum from Burghfield and is “continually organising food donations and buying food with the money raised”.

She added: “I have received the very best of care from RBH nurses and owe it to them now to support their fight against coronavirus by at least ensuring they get nutrition while constantly on the go.

“All of us owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

“I hope you will join me now and make a donation.”

The page explained any funds left over after stocking a refuelling station will go to RBH charities.

To donate to the fundraising page, click here.

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