Children’s hospital users eat their way to healthier futures
Getting hold of their five a day is child's play for patients,
visitors and staff of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital since
Have a Banana Trading Company opened a greengrocer's stall
selling fresh fruit and vegetables in its foyer in March.
Open Monday to Friday 8am - 5.30pm, the stall was the result of
Hospital Chief Nurse, Cheryl Lenney's idea to improve access to
quality fresh produce for patients, staff and visitors. The
initiative has been very well received.
"We stock a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads,
with a focus on ready to eat fruit for lunches." said the stall's
owner, Nick Austin.
"We pride ourselves on sourcing good quality local seasonal
produce daily - including from local grower Windsor's Fine Produce
in north Cheshire. Our fresh and tasty English peas and sweet
strawberries are a real hit right now.
"People lead such busy lives, especially when needing to use
hospital services, so it's great to be able to grab something quick
and healthy to eat. I love the feeling of helping communities
in Manchester eat healthily."
Andy Proctor from the Facilities Management team said, "We were
thrilled when Nick agreed to establish a greengrocery stall in our
foyer and are really delighted at how well the idea has gone down
with the entire hospital community. The health benefits of
eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily are clear, and we're
pleased to provide access to a wide range at affordable prices on
The stall have daily offers and the staff as avid foodies are
always on hand for anyone who needs help in selecting the tastiest
produce or other culinary matters.
Pop by daily to pick up the freshest deals!
Have a Banana Trading Company
Nick Austin established Have a Banana Trading Company in 1995 -
operating a daily fruit and vegetable stall adjacent to Manchester
Metropolitan University on Oxford Road serving students and the
local community. The stall still operates today. The
company also supplies fresh fruit, salads and vegetables to more
than 30 companies in the Manchester area. It prides itself on
its ethical and responsible approach to trading, by sourcing
locally grown fresh seasonal produce daily and by making food
donations to Manchester's homeless.