New foodbank in
Sawley is launched
THE Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance officially opened a new foodbank in Sawley on Wednesday (Oct. 14).
“I’m so pleased to be invited to open the foodbank. So many people have shown their generosity to this charity by donating food and volunteering their time,” said the mayor.
“It’s a pity we have to have a foodbank, but we can’t have people going hungry.”
The premises, situated in a former GP surgery at 165 Wilmot Street, now serve as a branch of the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank, incorporating a food parcels distribution point and a storage area. The use of the ground floor property at the end of a small parade of shops has been generously offered to the foodbank by EMH Homes.
The location, close to Draycott Road is convenient for those in Sawley and Castle Donington who are experiencing food poverty. “This branch will provide a much needed storage facility. Until now we have had to manage with a small distribution room at a local church and a lock-up garage,” commented Pat Hassall, manager of the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank. “At the same time it makes the foodbank far more accessible to the people in crisis from this area,”
“We have been concerned for a considerable time that it can be a problem for people from Sawley wishing to come to the foodbank. The journey to our premises in College Street, Long Eaton from there by bus can cost £3 for just one individual, more if they have a partner and children,” she added.
The new branch also incorporates a fully equipped office for the manager, partly funded by the Derbyshire Foundation’s Walbrook Fund.
The Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank is a charity providing emergency food parcels for three days to local families, single parents and individuals in crisis in exchange for vouchers provided by front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church leaders and community workers. It relies entirely on donations of food and money from schools, supermarkets, firms and individuals, in order to do so.
The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working with The Trussell Trust. An ecumenical Christian charity, it was set up in October 2012 by a small band of volunteers from churches in the area, in partnership with local communities. Although it has a board of trustees and volunteers who are Christian, the foodbank is also supported by non-Christian volunteers.
The new Sawley foodbank will be open Saturdays from 9am to 11am.
Photo caption: Front row (l to r): Erewash Borough cll. John Sewell; the mayor of Erewash, cll. Val Custance; foodbank manager Pat Hassall; and EMH Homes’ community investment officer Liz Dane.