Ruth Cadbury MP raises over £2000 for local food bank

Image above: Ruth Cadbury MP finishing the run with a friend

MP’s 10k run raises £2,115 for Hounslow FoodBox

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury has raised £2,115 for Hounslow Community Foodbox, by doing a sponsored run. The MP ran 10k to raise the money last month, after she visited the food bank and heard the team was seeing even greater need for food, toiletries and household items.

Sharing the news on X, formerly Twitter, the MP wrote:

‘‘I’ve been so overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who’ve raised £2,000 for Hounslow Foodbox- beating my target!‘‘

“In one of the richest countries in the world it’s terrible we need food banks – but they do such an important job.

‘‘My JustGiving page is still open but alternatively you can support foodbox directly- whether that’s volunteering your time as a driver, donating foods (milk, tinned meat & veg always needed!) or setting up a recurring donation.’’

Ms. Cadbury’s JustGiving page is still active, you can donate via justgiving.com/page/ruthfoodboxjan2024

For more information about Hounslow Community Foodbox see hounslowfoodbox.org.uk

The Hounslow FoodBox is at the Rose Community Centre in Hawthorn Rd, Brentford, TW8 8NT.

Visit to Clayponds foodbank

Ruth also visited the foodbank at the Clayponds Community Centre in Brentford North last week, where she met volunteers who support members of the local community by providing free food.

Local residents who turned up were able to take home a bag of fresh food supplied by The Felix Project charity to help them with the cost-of-living. No referral is needed.

The weekly session, which takes place on Tuesdays, has been running since December 2023 and also provides the opportunity for local residents to speak with various support agencies, including the team from Hounslow Community solutions, Hounslow Housing, Community Police and Health Outreach.

Ruth Cadbury MP said:

“Too many local people are struggling at present so it’s good to know that every Tuesday afternoon there’ a friendly place in Brentford go to pick up a bag of food, without needing a referral, and once a month also get financial advice and support from people such as Hounslow’s Community Solutions.”

Julie Brooker and Jeanette Odey are local residents and have served the Clayponds Community Centre for the past 40 years, with food provided by the Felix Project. Julie said:

“The centre has a great community feel and it so important for people to come together at these difficult times. The drop-in provides the opportunity for residents to pick up fresh supplies that they may otherwise go without and speak to experts who are able to provide advise on local issues and the cost-of-living.”

The food distribution session is held every Tuesday from 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Clayponds Community Centre in north Brentford

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