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Bristol and South Glos foodbanks receive share of £9,000 donation from leading housebuilder

9th July 2020

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Three Bristol and South Gloucestershire foodbanks have been given £1,000 each by a major housebuilder to help support communities hit by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic aftermath.

Victoria Park Baptist Church Foodbank in Knowle, South Bristol, and Yate and Thornbury Foodbanks, which support communities in need in South Gloucestershire, have received a total of £3,000 from Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

The developers of nearby Filwood Park in Knowle,  Ladden Garden Village in Yate and Park Farm in Thornbury, stepped in to help their local food banks following a surge in demand for food parcels, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The donations are part of a £9,000 initiative by Barratt and David Wilson Homes to support food banks near the communities they are building across the South West.

Barratt Developments chief executive David Thomas visited Filwood Park in Knowle, South Bristol to meet a representative of nearby Victoria Park Baptist Church Foodbank.

Hilary Jones, manager at Victoria Park Baptist Church Foodbank said:

"The demand on our food bank during the pandemic period has exceeded previous levels by a significant margin and sadly that looks set to continue, particularly with the end of the furlough scheme and increased redundancies on the horizon. Another major area of concern is the fact that many families with school age children are unable to access free school meals. We are very grateful to David and his company because Barratt's financial support will assist us to help these and other needy families when they need it most."

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments plc, said:

"Building and supporting communities is at the heart of our work so I was delighted today to visit Filwood Park, Knowle, one of our flagship regeneration developments and to meet Steve, one of the kind and dedicated volunteers from the local foodbank. The coronavirus crisis has increased hardship for many people so we're glad to be able to make a contribution that directly supports this South Bristol community, along with others in Bristol and the South West." 

Speaking on behalf of North Bristol Foodbank, which operates Thornbury Foodbank and Yate Foodbank Outlet, run from the Candle, Station Road, Yate, Mair Vaughan, lead volunteer at Thornbury said:

"The coronavirus outbreak has hit some of the poorest people in our communities hardest and, like other local food banks, we've seen a huge surge in demand for food parcels over the past few months. Our volunteer teams are working tirelessly to ensure that we have the necessary stocks to respond to this crisis, which is being accomplished through the generosity of our community.

"We want to say a big ‘thank you' to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for these generous donations which mean we will be able to continue to respond to the fast-changing situation and provide the lifeline of emergency food and additional support for people in crisis."

Through their Local Community Fund, Barratt and David Wilson Homes donate £3,000 every month to local community causes and initiatives across the South West. Responding to the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, they decided to focus donations from this fund for the past three months to support some of those hit hardest by the outbreak.

As the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis continues, food banks are seeing a huge increase in demand, with the Trussell Trust reporting an 81% increase in demand for emergency food parcels compared to the same period last year, including a 122% rise in parcels going to children. This is coupled with radically changing their systems of food collection and distribution in order to operate safely.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Homes Bristol Division commented:

"The coronavirus outbreak has had such a devastating impact on so many people, in terms of their health or their finances, and sadly all too often on both. We are hugely grateful to the staff and volunteers at these foodbanks for their incredibly valuable work and hope our contribution enables them both to continue and to spread that support widely."

Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes South West added:

"As well as building much-needed high quality new homes, we believe passionately in building and supporting local communities. So we're pleased to be able to make a contribution that directly supports people living near our Ladden Garden Village and Park Farm developments when they need it most."

As the country's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments has been supporting the UK's efforts to get the economy on the road to recovery, following the country's lockdown, whilst safeguarding staff and customers. Barratt and David Wilson Homes have recently re-opened sales centres and show homes on an appointment only basis and with a range of safety measures and new working procedures in place which meet or exceed government, industry and public health agency advice. These include protective perspex screens, retractable barriers, strict social distancing and, where necessary, personal protective equipment (PPE), plus smart video- doorbell intercom systems.

The 5 star housebuilder has also re-opened many of its construction sites, introducing stringent new working practices and protocols including social distancing, temperature checks and changes to signage, site welfare facilities and compounds, in line with the latest guidance from Government, Public Health Authorities and the Construction Leadership Council.

Anyone interested in buying or viewing a new Barratt or David Wilson Home should contact their local sales office for more detail on specific developments and visit the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes websites to book an appointment. For more information visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or www.dwh.co.uk   

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