Food floods in for Haverhill Foodbank appeal

Volunteers help out at the Haverhill Foodbank Christmas collection at Tesco ANL-150812-161902001
Volunteers help out at the Haverhill Foodbank Christmas collection at Tesco ANL-150812-161902001

The generosity of shoppers at Tesco in Haverhill has been praised after they helped a foodbank amass almost two tonnes of items for people in need at Christmas.

Between Thursday and Saturday last week Haverhill Foodbank and its team of volunteers was collecting donated food stuffs at the store for their annual Christmas collection.

Henry Wilson, projects director at REACH Community Projects, which includes Haverhill Foodbank, said: “It has been an amazingly busy weekend, but we were thrilled with the generosity as ever from the shoppers at Tesco Haverhill.

“In total we collected a whopping 1.96 tonnes of food and £122 in cash donations that will go towards our Christmas Appeal (the Client Aid fund).

“Claire Bowden the Community Champion from Tesco again was amazing and so welcoming and really made the experience so easy and enjoyable.

“We’ve had excellent support from the people of Haverhill in terms of donations but also from people wanting to help.

“These included Simon Goddard from Vale Craft, Sarah Howard, Roger Andrè, and staff and pupils from Granta School in Linton on both Thursday and Friday.

“It is very overwhelming and humbling to receive such great support from the local community.

“It isn’t something we ever take for granted, but are so grateful to Tesco for hosting us and the local people for their fantastic support.”

The Client Aid Fund was launched last week to help the charity deliver its services to those in need.

The charity pointed out that £5 will enable it to provide help towards the bus fare for a hospital appointment in Cambridge, £10 will help a family to have electricity for nearly one week and £20 could enable it to purchase nappies and baby milk for a new family.

A donation of any size will be used towards helping local families struggling with an unexpected crisis.

Throughout last year REACH gave away more than £5,000 of client aid to more than 100 local people in need.

Donations to the Client Aid Fund can be made by visiting www.mydonate.bt.com/events/reachchristmasappeal.