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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."

Fruit barrow

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 our doorstep."

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.