A PRIEST and his parishioners have been praised by Whiston Hospital today for donating food and drink to staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Whiston and St Helens Hospitals charity decided to thank seven people or groups across St Helens and Prescot who have helped them during their time of need.

They decided to thank one a day on the week running up to the 72nd anniversary on the NHS on Sunday, July 5.

Today they thanked Father Tom Neylon and his parishioners from St Julie RC Church in Eccleston.

They donated drinks and snacks every week to hospital staff and to mums on maternity who couldn’t have visitors – and the snacks kept them going whilst they were on the ward.

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