Food Parcel

Northern College and Thomas Franks distribute food hampers to NHS heroes

Northern College and Thomas Franks are distributing fruit hampers to support NHS staff working on the front-line during the COVID-19 crisis.

Northern College has unlocked the doors to its catering facilities at its campus in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, to produce the hampers.

From 21 April, they will work together to provide 640 fruit hampers to healthcare staff from Barnsley Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and The Ambulance Staff Charity across Yorkshire.

Barnsley ICU will receive 60 fresh fruit hampers, 61 of Yorkshire’s Ambulance stations, from Batemoor up to Richmond and from Ingleton across to Withernsea will receive fruit parcels. While the staff at The Ambulance Staff Charity will receive 80 fresh fruit hampers across their locations in Yorkshire.

Photo shows staff making the parcels
Northern College and Thomas Franks staff with the delivery of fruit


Northern College is an adult residential college helping people to change their lives, to seek employment or change their career. This national college, based in Barnsley, is currently illuminated in blue every evening to show their appreciation for all NHS staff, social care and front-line workers.

Yultan Mellor, Principal and Chief Executive of Northern College, said: “We are conscious that NHS staff in the Intensive Care Units and Ambulance staff are working long, relentless shifts throughout this crisis. They are then faced with food outlet closures, long outdoor supermarket queues, and a lack of some essential items required in stores. This is why we wanted to help.

“We hope this small act of appreciation can help to ease the pressures they face at the moment by ensuring they have something to help them stay healthy, during one of the most challenging times the NHS has ever faced.”

Thomas Franks would like to take this opportunity to thank Northern College, as this initiative would not have been possible without them. We would also like to thank members of the NHS who are working on the front line for everything they are doing.

Food Parcel
Northern College bags bursting with fresh fruit

Photo shows inside of food parcels with lots of fruit

Northern College lit up blue in support for the NHS and key workers during the Covid 19 crisis
Northern College’s iconic Wentworth Castle basks in blue light every evening in support of NHS and front line key workers