Closing food hub thanks its army of volunteers
A Congleton man who set up a food hub that delivered more than 8,000 parcels to key workers and vulnerable people during the lockdown has announced that it will close tomorrow (Friday).
Shaun Radcliffe launched Congleton Food Hub after being shocked by the effects of panic buying on the elderly. It started as a one man band, but he quickly recruited a team of volunteers affectionately known as the “hubbers” as demand grew.
On top of delivering more than 8,200 bags of food and “snack packs” over the past 14 weeks, the team raised more than £2,000 to donate to those in need.
Mr Radcliffe said: “We never thought that it would become so big. The last three months have been challenging but it's very rewarding to know that we have helped so many people during the pandemic, not only by running the food hub but also through delivering prescriptions for Boots and Superdrug.”
The group started at the end of March using Congleton Town Hall as a base and was later offered the Vale Club on Canal Street to disinfect boxes and bags before packing them with non-perishable goods.
They were delivered to: Macclesfield District General Hospital, Congleton and Macclesfield ambulance stations, the police and fire station, local schools, care homes, pharmacies, district nurses, funeral directors, special needs houses, garages, doctors' surgeries, mental health teams, community care centres, the testing laboratory at Alderley Park and any shops that remained open in Congleton.
Mr Radcliffe thanked Deborah Jupp, Gaz Lewis and Sharon and Stewart Neild who helped to promote the group on social media, as well as the following volunteers: Michaela Frost, Emma-Leigh Murtagh, Maggie Bentley, Pete Bentley, Nicola Hall, Karen Mein, Louise Sutton, Gemma Hartley, Yasmin Haynes, Callum Bloor, Sharon Smith, Lucas and Kerry Jones, Carl and daughter, Georgia Radcliffe, John Radoslav, Jackie and Philip, Graham and Lucy, Meg Granville and Jane Worthington.
He also thanked local businesses and community groups for their donations.
Congleton Town Council continues to operate a covid-19 information line. It is open 11am to 7pm seven days a week, phone 01260 541815.