Norfolk community team’s valiant efforts

One of our hard working teams has been working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community continue to have access to vital food and essentials.

Brad Tuckfield and his colleagues at Cromer Food Store, in Holt Road, Norfolk, have been doing everything from increasing donations to the local food bank to packing and delivering emergency food parcels to those who are self-isolating ever since the country was placed into lockdown.

They have even been donating baking goods to a member of the retailer’s Membership and Community Council (MCC) to continue efforts to bake treats for local NHS heroes working at nearby hospitals.

Brad said: “We've been working closely with Cromer Food Bank from day one of the pandemic.

“They send us a weekly update of what stock is crucially needed for the following week - for example last week was tinned meat, rice puddings and household goods – and we gather this up in store ready for them to collect.

“We've used MCC funds to support and also handed over all that has been donated in our instore collection point, which is usually a trolley full.

“We've also recently picked and prepared 15 emergency food parcels for the Benjamin Foundation. The team prepared, packed and loaded up these parcels within an hour of us being called up, which was unbelievable.
“We were on a tight turnaround due to the delivery logistics and need. The parcels were for young students struggling.

“Finally, we have five extremely vulnerable households we deliver shopping to weekly. My team have all been assigned a household and have taken it upon themselves to ensure their orders are picked and delivered safely each week.

“We are proud to be part of the Cromer community and work all year round to support in any way we can. Having these great connections in place has meant, when extra, vital support has been needed, we have been able to step up and help.

“I would like to say a big thank you to my team for their efforts and also say that I hope everyone stays safe and well during this time.”

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