Haverhill Foodbank feels the Christmas spirit

Haverhill Foodbank manager, Ann Merrigan (centre) with staff at Herbert Retail andthe food they have donated to the Foodbank ANL-141216-134918005
Haverhill Foodbank manager, Ann Merrigan (centre) with staff at Herbert Retail andthe food they have donated to the Foodbank ANL-141216-134918005

A Haverhill school and a business have made generous donations to help the Haverhill Foodbank bring some Christmas cheer to those in need.

Churchill School in Chalkstone Way donated four hampers full of Christmas-related goodies while staff at Herbert Retail collected an impressive 84kg of foodstuffs, some of it specifically for Christmas.

Churchill School pupils, their head teacher, Georgina Ellis (right) and support staff member Gemma Simmons (left) with the donated Christmas food that went to Haverhill Foodbank. With them is the Foodbank  manager, Ann Merrigan. ANL-140512-125330005

Churchill School pupils, their head teacher, Georgina Ellis (right) and support staff member Gemma Simmons (left) with the donated Christmas food that went to Haverhill Foodbank. With them is the Foodbank manager, Ann Merrigan. ANL-140512-125330005

At Churchill, the idea to collect on behalf of the Foodbank was put forward by a member of the support team, Gemma Simmons, who knew of the charity’s work and felt inspired to ask head teacher Georgina Ellis if the school could do something.

It led to parents of the school’s 34 students, plus staff, donating enough food to create four boxes worth.

Mrs Ellis said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from staff and children because we have only got 34 children here, so to get four hampers has exceeded what we expected.”

All the donated food was taken back to Haverhill Foodbank’s warehouse, weighed out and packed into hampers for people living in the Haverhill area.

Ann Merrigan, who manages Haverhill Fodbank, part of the REACH Community Projects, said: “Last year we did 87 hampers and this year we are expecting to do more.

“People are starting to really get involved and wanting to do something.

“A number of firms and organisations are already supporting us.

“It’s just brilliant to see what people are doing. We are very grateful.”

Henry Wilson, the projects director for REACH, added: “The generosity of local people never ceases to amaze me, we are very grateful for the fantastic support of Herbert Retail.”