Outreach Boxes to stop at the end of the month

To date, the group have provided 270 plus boxes and although hard to remember back, their aim was to be there at the time when food (and toilet roll) was scarce, people had to isolate and had little support.

Uckfield FM were told:

Through this group we have managed to build an amazing support network for our community of which I’m incredibly grateful for and thank so many of you for coming on board. We have been supported hugely by the Uckfield community and volunteers. It has been very heart warming to see so many people stepping up at a time of need.

‘As the town starts to create a ‘new normal’ with various businesses reopening, vulnerable persons slots for supermarket shop deliveries are more available and now the state of our emergency is being downgraded from a 4 to a 3, the need for outreach boxes, now even on a weekly basis, has decreased drastically.

‘We of course take this as a massive positive because it means the struggle is lessening and the vulnerable, elderly etc now seem to be getting the help from other support networks such as friends, family and neighbours.

‘As such, we have decided to end the outreach box service at the end of June and therefore next week will be the last orders and deliveries.

‘Rest assured that should there be a second wave, we will be ready to set up again and will mobilise very quickly and reinstate the service within hours if required.

‘I would like to take this time to thank you all for your support, offer of voluntary help in various capacities but a special thank you to the following:

‘Jennifer Elliott, Karen Wedlake Bedwell and Lynne Ireland – without whom, this service would not have materialised or functioned the way it has.

‘Father John of Holy Cross Church Uckfield for allowing us the use of The Belmont Centre as our base and the use of it’s much needed facilities.

Paul Ireland for his Treasurer duties.

Uckfield & District Lions Club, @Uckfield Rotary, @Founding Fathers, @Chris and Claire Dowling, @The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents Association and The Thomas Scanlan Trust for their vital funding contributions to our cause.

Lansdown Health Store and Tesco Superstore for their generous food donations.

Ridgewood Post Office, Oast Farm Shop and Cafe in Buxted, @Highgate Farm in Palehouse Common and @Park Farm, Deanland for their food supplies on a regular basis.

Natasha Leppard, Sarah Ross and Tom Crellin for crucial admin and GDPR support.

Shelly Godbold, @Carol Wood and Madeleine Judge for their admin support with the volunteers forum.

@Galia Pike for her design talent and support.

@Matt Bigwood of Print Matters and @Lou Davies of Box 9 Design Ltd for their amazing printing support.

Our telephone order ladies:

Bobbi Moore, Elizabeth Buckley, Lucy Cratchley, Lisa Smith and @Ann Newton.

Our delivery team:

Ben Cox, Gemma Morris, Niccii Kearns, Mike Lane, @Sarah Gates, @Chris and @Claire Dowling

I hope I haven’t missed anyone – apologies if I have’

Please stay safe and take care

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