Speading Christmas Cheer in the Braunstone Community

B-inspired News   •   December 18th, 2020

Braunstone Foodshare has received an overwhelming amount of support this year to support the Braunstone community.  The Foodshare scheme was set up back in 2011 to help reduce food waste from supermarkets, now the scheme works to tackle food poverty in the local area.   The scheme has developed a lot over the years but the one thing that has remained consistent is the wide range of support that Braunstone Foodshare gives its service users over the festive period.

The scheme provides a range of Christmas hampers full of food suitable for Christmas Dinner, as no one should go without over the festive period.  We also provide toys to families who are struggling and older peoples care packages full of activity packs and presents in conjunction with the Braunstone Befriending scheme.  It is a really busy period and we support over 200 households on the Braunstone estate over a 3-week period.

Whilst all of our hard work is recognised, those who support us with donations are the ones who really deserve a pat on the back.  We couldn’t do what we do without you!

This year we have had a massive amount of food from schools, colleges, churches, organisations and businesses.  We have also had a range of personal donations for the Braunstone community off the back of our ’12 Days of Christmas Campaign’.

“Being the newest member of the team it has been really exciting to get stuck-in with the project over the festive period.  I have been amazed with the amount of donations and cannot thank everyone enough for the generosity that has been shown over the past week to support this project.”

Nigel Gordon, Braunstone Foodshare’s new Co-ordinator

Churches such as St Peters, Blessed Sacrament Catholic, St Barts and St. Andrews (LFE) have also donated a considerable amount of food this Christmas, as well as donating throughout the year.  We have also had a number of cash donations from the churches and individuals belonging to different parishes who have donated to support our cause.

Local emergency services such as Braunstone Police have kindly donated Christmas toys and given money to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables over the festive period.  The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service have also donated toys and both emergency services have volunteered their time to support the delivery of items to families in the community on the run up to Christmas.

This year we have also been fortunate to receive donations from a range of local organisations from Mecca Bingo and the Food inc team at Leicester College donating food hampers instead of doing Secret Santa in their teams, this year.  Westcotes Labour Party provided 50 amazingly packaged food hampers for the families on our scheme and The Sikh Toy Appeal provided 50 brand new toys to help families with small children in need. Leicestershire cares has also provided hampers full of goodies for our older residents and we have included activity packs to keep our members occupied over the season too.

The Co-operative bank have hosted a hygiene bank in one of their branches for members to donate personal hygiene items and their staff have collected donations for the scheme.  Audi in Leicester have also made a considerable cash donation and Cavendish Nuclear (based on Scudamore Road) have donated £2000 to support the scheme purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for 4 months in the New Year.

B-inspired has been overwhelmed with the amount of support shown to the Braunstone Foodshare Scheme over the past few months.   Angie wrights – b inspired CEO stated:

“I am humbled with the amount of support received this year, it has been a really tough year for many reasons and our scheme has provided an essential service throughout the pandemic to reach the most vulnerable in the community.  The support provided will enable us to continue what we do and enable us to reach more people next year. Thank you all so much’.

Angie Wright, B-inspired's - Chief Executive Officer

We hope that all of our members, volunteers and supporters have a Merry and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.   We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

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