4 February 2015
A picture of Stoke-on-Trent foodbank community project gives support to locals

A Stoke-on-Trent foodbank based at Hope Community Church, Hanley, has been given a vital boost thanks to a partnership between Sanctuary Group and Seddon.

The leading housing and care provider and its construction partner Seddon have joined forces to donate and fit extra shelving in the foodbank store room. Thanks to the donation, the facility is now able to store more supplies and support a higher number of residents.

Hope Community Church is one of 13 distribution points in the city offering help to residents from the area. Each of these link to the main distribution warehouse in Sneyd Green, which has also received shelving from Sanctuary Group and Seddon.

The donations are part of Sanctuary Group’s commitment to supporting the communities in which it’s building new homes.

Sanctuary Group is currently constructing a £1.5m housing development in Eaton Street, Stoke, featuring 20 affordable new homes which is part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency. The new homes will include 8 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom houses, all to be made available for affordable rent.

Ian Brayshaw, pastor at Hope Community Church, said: “Sanctuary’s generous donation is enabling our Church to give really practical support to a whole section of the community that would otherwise miss out.

“The shelving is really useful and enables us to keep a good stock of food which is so important when we don’t know when we might be called upon to help local residents.”

Jim Wright, project manager for Sanctuary Group, commented: “We are committed to supporting projects like this, which benefit our residents and the local community. The foodbank were doing a fantastic job beforehand but the new shelving provides extra space which will allow them to offer even more support.”

Ian Calder, regional manager for Seddon, added: “We are delighted to have been able to support Hope Community Church as it provides this vital service in the community. Seddon has always been committed to supporting the communities we work in, whether that is by providing jobs for people to get a foot on the career ladder or by supporting community schemes like the foodbank.”

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