It was lovely to see more than 80 of our supporters at our first virtual Annual Event on the eve of the latest lockdown on 4 November.
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· Our new Chair Sue Mountstevens kicked off the event, and shared stories of the difference the grants are making. Digital poverty was highlighted and Sue shared the story of how one young person in Bristol, Sadia, got online through a laptop loan. All thanks to the great work of DigiLocal who were supported with a Coronavirus Response Fund grant.
· Our Interim CEO Ronnie Brown thanked our supporters. He also stressed we could only respond swiftly to the pandemic because we have such committed supporters. It’s all down to the power of the growing permanent endowment, Ronnie said.
· Phoebe Ruxton from FareShare South West explained how they’re getting food to projects across the region. Their no 1 priority in March was to make things safe enough to operate. They had 600 queries from food operations in the 1st two weeks of lockdown in March.
Between March – August they delivered food for 2million meals thanks to all the generous donations they received. This includes a £20k grant through us. All these costs were not in FareShare’s budget before March. They launched their 2nd emergency operation for lockdown 2.
· Michelle Meredith Coordinator from The Food Hub Consortium Project explained how they were feeding up to 400 people a week by the end of July. Their Food Hub is based at the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls, Bristol. There was a focus on getting the culturally appropriate food needed by the community.
· Bryony Johnstone awarded the Penny Johnstone Award to Chris Head from West of England Rural Network (WERN). The award went to their Music Project which fosters inclusion and love of music, for all levels of musical ability.
· WERN’s Denise Perrin explained how the love of music helped the group of older men make new beginnings.