We were able to arrange a halfway meeting point with the Newham Foodbank van to drop off a carload of donated dog food for distribution via various foodbanks in Newham.
We also provided 8 bags of new warm clothing to Lola’s Homeless in Canning Town.
Our good friend DJ Russ Budden ran a number of live You Tube fundraising quizzes for us. These are always good fun and we were pleased to get the support of a number of West Ham bloggers onboard to entertain us.
Thank you to all the viewers who donated.
Newham Bookshop Christmas Book Bundle
Back in the Upton Park days some of us used to call in at Newham Bookshop on Barking Road as part of a pre-match ritual. Sadly there isn’t the same footfall these days, but they have reported their best Christmas for sales this year. We were pleased to be in a position to make a donation to Viv’s campaign for providing book bundles for children who have no books of their own at home.
Spire London East Foodbank Appeal
At the beginning of this year we had a meeting with hospital staff about their willingness to support the Foodbank. This Christmas they have organised a stall collection for us, which was collected this week. Thank you to all concerned.
Advent Calendar And Selection Box Appeal
We are pleased to report that with the support of the fans and the club, we were able to supply Newham Foodbank with the 6,000 calendars and chocolate packs that they needed to supply local children this Christmas. In addition with agreement with the Foodbank we were also able to supply the 2,000 selection packs that the AAA Zone and Recorder Appeal needed to achieve their target this year. The Appeal this year provided for 2,869 Christmas stockings for local children who otherwise would not have received anything this Christmas. That’s over 1,000 more than last year.
Miss Newham International Sadie Sutherland
We were pleased to have Sadie’s help for several weeks in the run up to Christmas, who collected over 500 Advent Calendars, plus 3 van loads of toiletries and food on behalf of Newham Foodbank. Thanks Sadie!
Supporting Homeless Groups in Canning Town
During recent months we’ve had the chance to establish links with Lola’s Homeless and Amy’s Space, who work with the local homeless. We’ve been able to provide several boxes of new clothing and are looking at ways of working together in future.
We were pleased to see the graphics added on the Foodbank’s new van which will now be hitting the roads around Newham. The Foodbank has 7 centres around the borough and the availability of the van is a huge game-changer in distributing donations around the centres every day and also to collect from the three Beckton supermarkets with collection trolleys for the Foodbank.
Ambition Aspire Achieve and Recorder Toy Appeal
With agreement with Newham Foodbank we were able to make a donation towards the target of 2,000 Christmas stocking bundles for Newham children. We also were able to make a donation towards the cost of new toys they needed to buy.
Hornchurch Christmas Lights
For a few years London Stadium DJ Russ Budden has been displaying his impressive Christmas lights in front of his Hornchurch house. This year the display has the addition of a QR code panel, with donations to Fans Supporting Foodbanks. If you’re in the neighbourhood pop round and have a look. Many thanks Russ! (insert photo of the QR code board & lights)
Our good friend Neil Taylor @neilroytaylor from #longlivetheboleyn has secured a 4th collection point for Newham Foodbank at the Vic Tavern on London Road, Plaistow. Non-perishables can be dropped off between 12 noon and 6pm. Thanks to Neil and Woody from the Vic for your support. Neil has also set up a Facebook group the get Hammers fans back in to work (The Hammers For Work Facebook Group).
We were fortunate enough to obtain frozen foods from a Liverpool distribution warehouse plus new clothing from a Cheshire manufacturer and deliver ice creams, bread, crumpets, chickens and pies to former Hammers boss Lou Macari at the homeless centre he runs in Hanley (www.macari-foundation.co.uk). In future we plan to drop off more items on our way to Newham with more food and clothes.
Through their local contacts in Liverpool, Fans Supporting Foodbanks have given us access to frozen foods and new clothing on a regular basis which we plan to deliver to Newham Foodbank and other local charities. Our first visit took a van load of 100’s of pizzas and several bags of new clothes to Ilford and Newham, where they were distributed by the Foodbank and Redbridge charity groups at the Jack Carter Centre in Frenford. Thanks to Sam Tarry’s local team for organising this for us.
London Stadium DJ Russ Budden ran an on-line quiz show weekly fundraiser throughout the month to raise awareness of the work we do on behalf of Newham Foodbank. Jake Heath from the club kindly provided us with a signed shirt for each week’s raffle. The quizzes are still available on Russ’s My Hammers 11 Channel on You Tube, well worth a watch if you’ve not seen them!
Our team played a number of games as the season re-commenced behind closed doors. Regular social media appeals to donate to the Foodbank were made, with several £1,000’s added.
With still no games to collect at for the first few weeks we were encouraged by the number of on-line donations made to the give/net page with several £1,000’s added.
Through our friends at Fans Supporting Foodbanks we were able to collect 1,000 PPE masks made in Liverpool for delivery to the Beckton warehouse and onward distribution to East London and Essex hospitals and care homes. Big thanks to our volunteer Nigel Kahn for the local deliveries.
Our first Easter egg appeal for Newham Children totalled over 1,100 eggs which were distributed by Newham Foodbank. We acknowledge the generous support given by West Ham fans and friends, West Ham United, Expedient Security, Spire London East Hospital, LLDC and Newham Council.
With the Covid-19 lockdown forcing the postponement of games we took to social media to highlight the serious issues that the foodbank was facing with demand more than trebling. Since that time fans and friends have donated a further £13,000 to the foodbank for emergency food provisions.
The WHU Foundation also kindly donated one of their vehicles and driver to deliver food parcels to the Newham vulnerable on a weekly basis.
By the end of February we had collected over £2350 in matchday collections, plus over 400kg in food for the Foodbank.
When we played our home game with Liverpool in February we welcomed Liverpool Echo reporter Mark Johnson to talk about our foodbank activities. His article appeared in the LFC match programme Big Read feature for our fixture at Anfield later on that month.
In support of our friends at Fans Supporting Foodbanks we took our donation up to Anfield before our game there on 24th.
Before we played Brighton we were contacted by Alex, a BHA fan. He explained that his club didn’t have a foodbank but wanted to make a donation from his family to ours (photo) #fan activism at its best, thanks Alex!
Nicky from @westhamfantv interviewed us before the Everton game to discuss our aims in collecting on behalf of Newham Foodbank. We were grateful to get the support and interest and look forward to working on joint initiatives in the future.
Unmesh Desai, the London Assembly member for the City and East came over to meet us and endorsed our activity, also mentioning us in his weekly ‘View From City Hall’ column in the Newham Recorder. Sam Tarry, MP for Ilford South also visited us to offer his support
The club featured our activities in the match day programme and continued to feature us in their on-line Matchday Support social media links.
Everton visited us in January with substantial foodbank donations from their Fans Supporting Foodbanks group. (see photo). Having been collecting for nearly 6 years, they have been very helpful to us with advice.
Our first foodbank collection, before the Leicester City game on 28th December. We received substantial food donations from the Club and the Met Police plus over £500 in cash donations. We collected over 120 kg in food from our supporters.