Community Foundation Elves Support the Local Community this Christmas

Dec 28, 2020

Stockport County Community Foundation have been supporting the ‘Handy Ladies Feeding the Community’ campaign, which is helping children and the vulnerable with fantastic support from Help the Hatters, Manchester Rugby & Cricket Club and the Churches together network. The Partners in Action Pandemic Response now marks 9 months.

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As Stockport was reeling from the news of strict tier lockdowns, Handy Ladies and the Community Foundation Team alongside hundreds of volunteers have been quietly assisting the pandemic response, collecting food parcels, cooking and delivering thousands of crucial hot meals for vulnerable and struggling families, children and isolated adults across Stockport since the first wave of covid-19 in March. Over 9 months ago Anna and Jo of Handy Ladies shot into action forming the CIC project Feeding the Community with outstanding help from Minister Mike Newman’s Team at St Cuthberts Cheadle and Manchester Rugby Club Isolation Support Group in Cheadle Hulme.

Helen Foster-Grime, Director of our Stockport County Community Foundation has been working alongside Handy Ladies coordinating help and bringing together many community groups to support the dedicated pandemic response and vital fundraising. Helen was delighted that John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of Help the Hatters, Hedgegrower, David Wright and all the brilliant HtH volunteer force joined Stockport County Community Foundation in the project donating and delivering special donations of toys and other necessities for the children of families in need, schools and to Francis House Children’s Hospice and Swanbourne Gardens NHS Children’s Respite in Edgeley for Christmas.

On hearing of the work Football Manager Jim and Hazel Gannon and family also sent kind personal donations to help the children as well as Fitzy’s grandson Charlie from the Blossoms band and Blossoms’ manager Conrad.

There was more to come as the County Community Foundation Team had lots of fun helping the ‘ Handy Ladies Feeding the Community ‘socially distanced free ‘ Drive Through Santa’ event raising the spirits of children, young and old alike. After a special appeal was granted at the eleventh hour by Stockport Council’s public health the volunteer teams swiftly mobilised their careful covid safe rota bringing Christmas cheer for many children and families. Mark Sanderson, Director at the Foundation was struck by the smiles all around, “We all had frozen fingers but the excitement on the faces of little ones and our older visitors warmed everyones’ hearts. Father Christmas was very happy with our masked Elves!“.

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Do watch out for more news on planned fundraising events and activities from all the awesome volunteers and the County family in the coming months. The Community Foundation would like to thank all involved whether donating, baking from home, organising, cooking or delivering through St Cuthberts Church network or St Mary’s Upper Rooms, Cheadle, All Churches Together in Cheadle & Cheadle Hulme, Manchester Rugby and Cricket Club kitchens, or Helping Hands local groups, the Spreading Smiles Campaign, Parfetts, the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary, Chelwood Foodbank, County fans and all the awesome volunteers from the Foundation’s partners HELP THE HATTERS.

At a time when so many are struggling from mental health, financial, bereavement and other harsh challenges the Stockport County Community Foundation team feel privileged to work alongside these selfless and inspiring volunteers who truly embody the spirit of Christmas and Community Caring.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Dave, Matty, Helen, Jacci, Mark, Ian, Andy, Adrian, Georgina, Chris and all our team, and here’s hoping for a better new year for everyone in 2021.

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