Most people, at some point in their lives, will have found themselves unexpectedly in the accident and emergency department. The lucky ones will have had a family member or a friend who could nip back home to gather some essential items for them – toothbrush, toiletries, fresh clothes etc. But that isn't the case for all patients, so one church group in the Diocese of Guildford has been putting together emergency packs for those that find themselves in A & E alone.
The Beehive group, which is run by St Martin’s Church in East Horsley, delivered 50 emergency packs to the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s accident and emergency department – filled with toiletries and other essential items.
The Rector of East Horsley, Rev Renos Pittarides says:
‘Beehive encourages elderly residents of nearby St Martin’s Court to help make the emergency packs and other supplies. It’s a great way to involve older members of our community and give them a sense of community and that they are doing something very worthwhile. Our church vision is to ‘build Faith, Hope and Love’. Beehive is a great outreach which helps us achieve that.'
This is just one example of the work that the Beehive group does to help others in need. Beehive meets at the church on the fourth Thursday of each month to work together on projects such as knitting, making blankets, and neonatal supplies, with time for a cup of tea, piece of cake and a chat whilst making a difference to others in need. Much of their work is sent to Blythswood, a humanitarian charity that distributes it to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.