Ely Foodbank boosted by Christmas card campaign

From left: Alison Wedgbury, Coordinator of Ely Foodbank, Karl Relton, Chairman of the Trustees of the Ely Foodbank Partnership,  Joe Rudd, Sales Director, Ellgia Recycling,  Dave White, Waste Services Team Leader, East Cambridgeshire District Council,    Alan Williams, a volunteer and a Trustee of the Ely Foodbank Partnership,  Farida Shirley, Ely Foodbank's Food Store Manager ANL-160903-113226001
From left: Alison Wedgbury, Coordinator of Ely Foodbank, Karl Relton, Chairman of the Trustees of the Ely Foodbank Partnership, Joe Rudd, Sales Director, Ellgia Recycling, Dave White, Waste Services Team Leader, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Alan Williams, a volunteer and a Trustee of the Ely Foodbank Partnership, Farida Shirley, Ely Foodbank's Food Store Manager ANL-160903-113226001
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The money was raised after Ellgia Recycling teamed up with East Cambridgeshire District Council to create collection points at Ely, Littleport and Witchford, where residents could drop off Christmas cards for recycling, as well as food donations.

Joe Rudd, from Ellgia Recycling, said: “We’re delighted at the success of our Christmas Card Campaign which was supported by so many local businesses and raised essential funds for Ely Foodbank.”

“Thank you to all those who dropped off their cards at our various collection points in and around Ely.

“Thanks also to Marshalls of Cambridge, Grovemere Property, Waitrose, Tesco and East Cambridgeshire District Council for all their support in getting the campaign up and running.

“The money raised from our campaign will help us to make a big difference to local families who need the support.”

The whole provision of the Foodbank is thanks to the generosity of local people who give money or food, or in this case recycle, to help provide for other local people who are in short-term food crisis.

Karl Relton, of Ely Foodbank, said: “We’re always amazed by the goodwill of local people, especially at Christmas time, but please remember that people need support all year around, so any donations you can make, whatever the month, will be much appreciated.

“It’s fantastic that we have been able to raise money from this year’s Christmas Card Campaign, and we’d like to thank Ellgia Recycling and East Cambs District Council for all their hard work, as well as everyone who took the time to recycle their cards or drop off food at a collection point. Every penny really does make a difference.”

All organisations and individuals can collect and give food, and this can be delivered to the collecting points at Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s or to the box close to the shop in the Cathedral.

Alternatively, collected food can be delivered to The Countess Church on Chapel Street, Ely, CB6 1AD on Tuesdays from 11am to 12.30pm or on Fridays 1pm to 2.30pm.