Chelford Together (Chelford Tenants & Residents Association) has set up a Foodbank in response to the current Coronavirus situation.
.David Kent, Secretary said "Due to the Coronavirus we anticipate many persons in the Chelford area will face financial hardship during these challenging times. These may include people who have lost their jobs, work on zero hours contracts, be on 80% of salary or self employed. Whilst we can see the government is taking steps to alleviate this, many may be in immediate need, in addition Universal Credit just doesn't cover living costs and had already brought many people into poverty in the UK. We have all seen in the news the massive number of over 2 million new claims for Universal Credit."
David went on to say: "In The Sunday Times recently one of the headlines was 'Unemployment to double as Coronavirus ravages economy'.
An email we received from the CEO of Booker Wholesale said many had contacted him in distress, one saying: "It took 30 years to build the business and it has gone in two weeks."
The nearest Foodbanks to Chelford are Wilmslow, Knutsford and Macclesfield but these are stretched and inaccessible to many. As social isolating becomes more important Chelford Together realised it was time to take action to help their community.
Chelford Together has made great efforts to ensure older people are supported, and over the past year over 20 people were assisted in receiving Attendance Allowance, however they anticipated the impact of this crisis would be affect persons of working age, possibly with families, and possibly new people in the new housing developments in the village.
Due to the age of the current volunteers, a call was put out for new volunteers to help with a Foodbank door to door collection and several local people came forward to help with the task of reaching over 600 homes. In addition collection boxes were set up outside the Chelford Londis Store and Chelford Surgery.
Owner of the Londis store, Karthik Marimuthu kindly provided the bags to enable the collection to take place. David said "An amazing amount of food was donated by the Chelford community and donations to support the Foodbank, and I feel humbled at the response we have had. My husband sadly passed away in January this year and he was instrumental in setting up Chelford Together, it is so gratifying that his legacy lives on. The fantastic new volunteers have made this possible and I cannot thank them enough."
Mother and son Jackie and Theo Stewart, who live in Chelford were two of the new volunteers who helped in the new initiative. Theo, who is studying Politics at Portsmouth University is currently at home during this crisis. Theo said: "It is a pleasure to be able to help my local community whilst I am at home during the current pandemic."
Jackie who is self employed working at the local hair & beauty salon is obviously affected by the current situation as it greatly affects her. She commented: "Being self employed I realised the great impact this pandemic would have not only on the self employed but the whole community. I am so pleased to be able to help"
Some people have also made donations which will allow the purchase of supplementary fresh food items such as Fresh Fruit and Vegetable boxes at £7.50 each.
Donations can be made by bank transfer to
"Chelford Tenants Association"
Sort Code: 01-00-13
Account number: 11842237 (in the reference section please enter FOODBANK)
Alternatively, cheques payable to "Chelford Tenants Association" can be sent to the Treasurer, Janet Keates, 19 Elmstead Road, Chelford, Cheshire SK11 9BS.
If you are struggling financially due to the current crisis and live in the Chelford area David asks for people to phone about access and support they can give, or indeed if you know anyone who may need help he asks that people please tell them about the Foodbank.
Contact David 01625 861038 or Phone/text 07999 851656