In December 2019, following consultation with Newham Council, LS185 and the LLDC, we were given permission to collect donations for the Newham Foodbank based in Beckton. They supply food parcels through 7 centres throughout Newham. The demand on foodbanks had grown progressively and we were hopeful that with over 1 million visitors attending games at the London Stadium over a season, that we could make a difference to our local community. Following the successful trial at the Leicester City game, we were given permission to continue collecting at every home game, subject to any ‘high risk’ games. By the end of February we were collecting approx. £700 per game in food value and cash.
League draw on 27 August, 1st group game 16 September
A successful Easter Egg Appeal
Thanks to the wide-ranging support we enjoy, we were able to distribute over 5,700 Easter eggs throughout Newham this year. Supplying families using Newham Foodbank, the AAA in Canning Town, and several church foodbanks from Stratford to North Woolwich, we are delighted to acknowledge the donations made by so many, including joint Chairman David Sullivan, the club, new West Ham Women’s sponsor Rainer Hughes, Spire London East Hospital, regulars at the Victoria Tavern, and many West Ham fans and friends.
We hope that we’ve been able to make a small difference to so many children this Easter.
During lockdown, Merseyside’s Fans Supporting Foodbank donated funds to the Knowsley PPE Hub for the purchase of PPE-making equipment and raw materials for the manufacture of visors for local hospitals and front-line workers in Merseyside. After a few weeks they were able to offer the visors nationally via the established football foodbank groups in Newcastle, Huddersfield, Manchester City and United, and West Ham. We identified the hospitals in East London and Essex and were able to have delivered 1,000 visors locally by volunteer Nigel Kahn
We also distributed a further 300 visors to local care homes in Redbridge.