Apprentice Jade organises Christmas foodbank collection

A large donation of food to make up Christmas hampers has been presented to Godmanchester Foodbank by Huntingdonshire District Council – thanks to the initiative of a Cambridge Regional College apprentice.

Staff at the council generously donated 257.2 kg of food which was handed over by Jade Hester. Jade, who organised the food collection, works as a Business Administration Apprentice with the council’s HR Team.

Jade was one of 10 apprentices who recently joined the council as part of an apprenticeship scheme set up in partnership with Cambridge Regional College, and who have already brought with them new ways of thinking and doing things.

Shortly after Jade joined the council, she was talking with her new colleagues about Christmas and charities and how she loves to make up present boxes for children in need and take part in charity events. Following this, she put forward the idea of a food collection for Godmanchester Foodbank.

Jade said: “This is something that is very close to my heart. I believe everyone should have an amazing Christmas, just as I do, and food is a big part of that. I love making people happy. I was hoping to collect enough food for a small Christmas hamper, but staff have been very generous and it has far exceeded my expectations.”

Godmanchester Foodbank, part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust, works to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days of balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Peter Levitt, Godmanchester FoodBank Administrator, said: “We are very pleased to receive such a generous donation from Huntingdonshire District Council staff, and we thank them.

“Every day people are referred to us after something unavoidable like illness, a delayed benefit payment, an unexpected bill, or just because they do not have sufficient income which means there is little or no money for food. It’s only with the help of local organisations and local people that we’re able to provide vital support when it matters most.

“Whilst we hope that one day there will be no need for our work, until that day comes we’ll be working hard to help prevent people going hungry. Thank you so much to everyone at Huntingdonshire District Council who has helped to make this donation possible.”

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