Throw a party for Foodbank, says Norwich nurse
A retired nurse from Norwich, who has volunteered with the city’s Foodbank for over five years, is encouraging local people to throw a tea party in support of the Trussell Trust, which runs Foodbanks.
Caroline Brooks has been part of a dedicated team of volunteers at St Stephen’s Church in Norwich since 2015 – one of ten distribution centres within Norwich Foodbank.
Caroline switched roles during the pandemic as all 10 centres closed and formed a bubble with a group of volunteers to work in the Foodbank’s warehouse, sorting through donations and putting together thousands of emergency packages for people across the city.
She has also helped to run the Foodbank’s helpline and drive to people’s homes to deliver emergency food parcels to their doorsteps.
Caroline, who lives in Rockland St Mary, said: “It’s incredibly rewarding to volunteer at the Foodbank and help provide the best possible emergency food to people in Norwich who are restricted by poverty.
“But the job can also be really tough at times as we see increasing numbers of people from every walk of life who are being referred to Foodbanks. Just recently I met a businessman who had lost everything, including his house, his job and his car – and he just couldn’t believe the situation he was in.”
The official dates of the tea parties are 21 June to 4 July, but people can hold their tea parties whenever it suits them.
You can get a free fundraising pack from www.trusselltrust.org/teafortrussell
Article quotations from EDP
Pictured above is Caroline Brooks (right) with fellow volunteer Eileen