The Mayor of Hailsham took part in a special ceremony to mark the opening of new office space for Hailsham Foodbank on Saturday [21 June].
Councillor Nigel Coltman cut a ribbon to declare the local charity’s new distribution centre in Market Square officially open.
Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman said: “Last year, Hailsham Foodbank saw a 52% increase in local residents using the charity’s service and, thanks to a bequest from a community volunteer, they have been able to acquire office space in Market Square.”
“I was pleased to be invited to be part of the opening ceremony event, and I hope that Hailsham Foodbank we will succeed in their aim to offer many opportunities to engage with and help local residents from this space.”
Hailsham Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks (supported by The Trussell Trust), working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK, and is a project founded by the Crosslink Trust – churches together in Hailsham – working towards stopping hunger in the local area.
The foodbank relies entirely on donations of food and money for the provision of food parcels to local people in crisis in exchange for vouchers provided by front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church leaders, and community workers.
“We all need food, but sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted, and some people find themselves in considerable hardship and struggle to afford to feed themselves and their families,” added Councillor Coltman.
“The Foodbank in Hailsham does an amazing job in reaching out to those in need, and the real heroes are the volunteers who give so much of their time week in week out providing emergency help to around 1,000 people a year.”
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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