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Sophie Taylor, Sponsorship and Grants Officer for RJAH Charity and Charlotte Gribbin with the new named cups circulated round the hospital

Sustainable Reusable Cup Scheme Launched

All 1900 employees at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) Oswestry have received specially-made personalised cups in a bid to cut down on single-use plastics and say thank you for going above and beyond in the Covid 19 pandemic.

We’re so happy to have backed the initative where every employee from consultants, doctors and nurses to admin staff, porters and cleaners have received a new cup.

RJAH started its journey to removing single-use plastics earlier this year after signing the NHS Supply Chain Single-Use Plastic Pledge.

Sian Langford, Facilities Compliance Manager and Sustainability Lead, said: “When the single-use plastic ban was announced, we took the opportunity to not just look at removing those items within the legislation but to go further and consider items used on a daily basis across the service.

“We identified disposable cups as a real opportunity to look at introducing a reusable option. By introducing the personalised reusable cups meant we were supporting our staff with this change and further spreading the message around the importance of sustainability.”

Sophie Taylor, Sponsorship and Grants Officer for RJAH Charity, said: “We are delighted that Mornflake have supported RJAH with this project and are supporting the hospital to reach its sustainability goals.”

Officials hope the cups will dramatically reduce waste to landfill. They have been circulated round all departments for use throughout the day as staff top up on water and take tea breaks.

Our Managing Director, James Lea, said: “The RJAH is world-renowned and indeed very well-known in Cheshire. Many of our employees and family members have had experience of using the hospital and this gesture is a small way of saying ‘thank you’ while commending staff on going the extra mile during the pandemic.

“As a brand we are deeply committed to supporting a greener future and were delighted to support the hospital as it cuts down on plastic waste.”

It played a critical role in feeding the nation during the pandemic, supporting the DEFRA parcel scheme with millions of packs of porridge sent to NHS workers, food banks and vulnerable people.

The response was recognised by the GREAT Britain Inspirations campaign led by the Department of International Trade to celebrate the ‘extraordinary’ actions of UK businesses.

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