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Local business donates frozen food to Newbury Soup Kitchen

A Newbury business has donated a number of meals to Newbury Soup Kitchen after its freezers stopped working. Newbury BID logo
Newbury BID logo

When the manager of the business found that there was a problem with their freezers on Wednesday 22nd April, she immediately contacted Newbury Business Improvement District (BID), to offer to donate frozen food to those in need.

The BID then reached out to the Community Support Hub, based at West Berkshire Council, where officers were able to arrange collection of the food and delivery to Newbury Rugby Club's waiting freezers.

Hotel food donation rugby club
Hotel food donation rugby club

Following a call to Newbury Soup Kitchen, Hub volunteers inventoried the food and the Soup Kitchen collected it on Monday 27th April. Meals including aubergine and coconut curries and vegan couscous we enjoyed by homeless people in temporary housing in local hotels and other vulnerable people being supported by the Soup Kitchen.

"This is a brilliant example of everyone working together to help the most vulnerable in our society. I am thrilled to see the Community Support Hub doing exactly what it was set up to do - putting those who want to help in touch with those who need it. 

Laurie-Jane Cann - Executive Director, Newbury Business Improvement District (BID), said:

"We're so grateful for all the support and it's great to see local businesses and charities collaborating to support vulnerable people in the community"

Frozen Food Rugby Club 1
Frozen Food Rugby Club 1
West Berkshire Council Leader Lynne Doherty added:

"We were delighted to see the food going to good use; especially to a local organisation like Newbury Soup Kitchen that's doing such important work assisting vulnerable members of our community.

"This is a fantastic example of responsive community partnership and cooperation between Newbury BID, West Berkshire Council, the Community Hub, and our local businesses during difficult times."

Hodsons Catering Services
Hodsons Catering Services
  Speaking about the donation, Newbury Soup Kitchen founder Meryl Praill said:

"We would like to thank the local business for their generosity and Newbury BID for calling the Hub, as well as Newbury Rugby Club for storing the food and the WBC Transport team, whose speedy response meant that so much of the defrosting food could be used to feed vulnerable members of our community." 

Food for today tweaked and made bigger by Jamie Hodson at Hodsons Catering Services. Jamie provides a meal once a week for Newbury Soup Kitchen. 




Jane at Jane Staunton Catering Company 

Jane has been offering a take away meal delivery service for the last 4 weeks as all her normal catering work has been cancelled or delayed until later in the year.

She had a lot of pastry left over from last week's cooking and wonders what she could make with it! She then thought of all the hard working key workers who are in West Berkshire and as she knows one of the paramedics based in town she got in touch with her about donating some food.

Jane was thrilled when they said yes so she went down to hand her 60 freshly baked giant sausage rolls to them and from what she hears, they didn't last long!

Jane said "It was great to offer something to help and I will definitely do it again and offer it any other groups of key workers. So please let me know if you know anyone who would love a treat. I am also providing meals to some vulnerable ladies in our village of Hermitage all for no charge. It's good to help where I can.

Sausage Rolls - Jane Staunton
Sausage Rolls - Jane Staunton

Jo's greetings cards for local care homes

Jo who is one of our residents, has kindly donated a number of  greetings cards from her small business to our local care homes. All the cards are designed by independent artists and printed in the UK with envelopes made using recycled paper. She received this response from one of the care homes:

Jo Greetings Card
Jo Greetings Card

I wanted to drop you a line to personally thank you for the cards which we received in the post this morning. Thank you for sending such a lovely selection, our residents will enjoy writing those out and sending them on to their families who they are missing.

Thank you for your generosity and for thinking of the residents during this difficult time.

Best wishes, stay safe.

Thank you Jo for your kindness!

See video below from Lynne Doherty's recent visit to the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre.




West Berkshire Volunteer Centre

Meet Tony and Chris who are with the West Berkshire Volunteer Centre and have been delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents


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