Cambridgeshire Freemasons have donated £10,000 to those in need over the Festive Season
Foodbanks across England and Wales are predicting an unprecedented demand for their services this Christmas, following the upheavals of the pandemic, continuing supply chain problems and rising fuel bills. The donations are expected to help around 4,500 people in seven foodbanks across Cambridgeshire during the Christmas period.
Masonic Lodges in March, Ely, Cambridge, Wisbech and Newmarket have donated towards this grant with fund matching and additional support from the Province of Cambridgeshire Charity for Care and Relief and the national Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Food Hubs, Foodbanks and Community Lunches who have benefitted from the donation include: The Rosmini Centre in Wisbech; Ely Foodbank; March Community Fridge; Ely Community Lunches; St. Andrews Church Food Hub in Cherry Hinton; Newmarket Open Door Food Hub and the Wisbech Foodbank.
Anita Grodkiewicz MBE, Manager of the Rosmini Centre Wisbech said 'We are delighted to receive this donation which will enable us to ensure that all our families receive extra food for the festive period. Christmas can be a very stressful time of year for some and a bumper food parcel can really make a difference - thank you for your support'.
Karen Hardman, Vicar of St Andrews Church in Cherry Hinton, said, 'Without this donation we did not know whether we would be able to sustain the Food Bank. This money means that we can continue with confidence until the end of the Summer Holidays, which for a small Charity is a long time. Our biggest challenges are not necessarily just getting donations of food but the administration and additional costs that come with running any charity such as staff costs, insurance and Personal Protective Equipment. This funding will also enable us to purchase a few special items for families such as Christmas Cake – something most of take for granted'.
John Sinclair from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons said: 'I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Cambridgeshire Foodbanks, Food Hubs and Community Lunches with their hugely important work over the festive season. We were able to support them during the pandemic and we’re happy to help them again during what will be a very difficult Christmas for the most vulnerable people in our community'.