Foodbank collectors staggered by the generosity of residents
The generosity of St Peter’s residents hit new heights as they gave people struggling through the coronavirus crisis a better Christmas.
A special pre-festive season collection of foodstuffs and toiletry items across the parish gathered twice as many donations for the Worcester Foodbank as previous weekly and monthly collections had generated.
Parish councillor John Renshaw, one of the organisers of the collection, said: “St Peter’s Friends of Worcester Foodbank would like to thank everyone who donated, collected and sorted the Christmas collection.
“Looking at all the carrier bags at St Peter’s Baptist Church we collected about twice as much as we’ve ever collected in any of our previous collections.”
He explained that the donated items would “make a difference to many people’s lives”.
He added: “Due to the success of the St Peter’s food collection, and other similar collections elsewhere in the city, the Worcester Foodbank is well placed not just for the Christmas period but for the rest of the winter as well.
“Although there is now light at the end of the tunnel, with an effective vaccine due to be rolled out in the coming months, the job losses it has caused are going to continue well into the new year if not beyond.
“We’re therefore hoping to restart the collections in the new year but not until around Easter time.”
He went on: “The food collections have been as successful as they have been due to the commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers and the generosity of local residents.
“While many of those volunteers have expressed a wish to be involved again next year some, for a variety of reasons, will be unable to do so.
“That creates the opportunity for new volunteers to become involved and anyone wishing to do so can contact me on 07732 367600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Renshaw thanked St Peter’s Baptist Church for acting as a centre for collating the donated items.