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.
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.
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!
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.
We were welcomed by Fans Supporting Foodbanks when we visited Everton with our food donation. Also there was a team from Russell Howard’s Good News team, who interviewed us and the work of football foodbanks for his upcoming Channel 4 show.