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Mercer & Hole team volunteer at Rickmansworth Foodbank

A team from the Rickmansworth office of Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants volunteered with The Mill End Community Trust Foodbank at the Mill Café, Methodist Church in Berry Lane, Rickmansworth on 16 May.

Jolene Upshall, Alison Layton, Holly Coulson and Samantha Kelland worked alongside Iris Bangs, who is the Chairperson of the Mill End Community Trust and runs the foodbank. Between them, Alison, Holly and Samantha weighed and sorted donated food, whilst Jolene helped to prepare lunch for the Mill Cafe.

The Mill End Community Trust works in partnership with The Trussell Trust to provide emergency food for those who need it in the Three Rivers area. The charity aims to relieve financial hardship by providing food and in doing so, restore hope and revive dignity. As well as the food bank at the Methodist Church, the Trust has operations in Rickmansworth town centre, Croxley Green and Abbots Langley.

Every Tuesday, the Mill Café provides a hot meal and the opportunity for those within the local community to meet and chat. The setting also allows those who might otherwise find themselves socially excluded to develop their confidence with social interaction and to seek support and advice through the Trust’s close working relationship with the Citizens Advice Bureau and its volunteers.

In addition, the Trust provides a mentoring service to help its clients, offers help with managing money and literacy, facilitates a gardening project, runs a photographic interest group and a knit and natter group. Further, it is about to open the doors of a wooden-clad portacabin every Thursday evening as a hub for the local community.

Last year the foodbank fed over 1,200 people and provided a wide range of support services, which included fuel top offs and discretionary gestures to its clients. It receives in the region of 400-500kgs of food donations every month.

Mercer & Hole Director, Jolene Upshall said “We are pleased to have been able to help out and support the good work of the Mill End Community Trust. It is evident that the services they provide make a real difference to many people’s lives.”

Iris Bangs said “Our organisation thrives on the support it receives from volunteers. The team from Mercer & Hole did a great job and I would like to thank them for contributing their time to us.”

For more information about The Mill End Community Trust, please visit http://www.millendcommunitytrust.org/

For more information about Mercer & Hole in Rickmansworth, please click here.

left to right: Iris Bangs, Holly Coulson, Samantha Kelland, Jolene Upshall and Alison Layton

Director, Jolene Upshall from Mercer & Hole 

left to right: Holly Coulson, Alison Layton and Samantha Kelland 

 

 

Date: 17th May, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

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