We are appealing for your help to find a new temporary home. Circumstances beyond our control mean that we’ve only got until 4th July to relocate to a new space – suitable to store and pack our food parcels. These are the parcels which go to out to individuals and families living in the RH1 3 and RH2 postcodes who are reliant on our foodbank.
We’ve seen increased referrals during this COVID-19 period, and we’ve opened our doors six days a week, delivering foodbank parcels every weekday. We’re currently based at the Merstham Football Club and the Woodhatch Centre in Reigate; however, with the easing of lockdown restrictions due on 4th July, these vital community venues are once again able to reopen to the public.So that’s why we really need alternative accommodation as a matter of urgency.
We’re exceedingly grateful to both venues for their fabulous support over the past few weeks and hope to continue working with both organisations in the future on community-focussed projects. Kate Curtis, Charity Officer says,
“We’ve worked hard throughout lockdown to ensure all our beneficiaries have continued to receive essential support but are very conscious that we’ve just been ‘lodging’ at venues kindly provided to us. As demand has increased, our donors have been extremely generous, enabling us to keep the stocks in the foodbank up. Now we want to look ahead and begin to accumulate longer terms supplies but we need space and storage to be able to do this.”
In early 2021 we plan to unveil a new, permanent home which will enable them to induct and train volunteers, manage the operation, store dry and tinned food and pack supplies for our ever-growing foodbanks.
But we need YOU! Between July and February 2021 we’re looking for a space that will allow us to operate in a safe, socially distanced way to enable volunteers to continue to sort, stock check and pack food parcels safely. We have funds and are happy to share space with another business or charity. Ideally, the space would be in Reigate or Redhill, have evening and weekend access and parking to unload donations.
Do you know of anyone who can help? If so, spread the word or contact the Kate or Millie on 01737 457160, via our facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org