Developer makes generous donation to local food hub

Published Monday, 24 May 2021

The Worldsfood Food Hub based at St Marks Church in St Michael’s Ward has received a much-welcomed donation of £500 from Farrans, a leading building and civil engineering contractor.

Pictured from left to right: Sarah Gristwood (Lead Officer, Council's Community Resilience Team), Karen Everitt (Carriers of Hope), Andrew Purdy (Project Manager at Farrans Construction), Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities.
Pictured from left to right: Sarah Gristwood (Lead Officer, Council's Community Resilience Team), Karen Everitt (Carriers of Hope), Andrew Purdy (Project Manager at Farrans Construction), Cllr David Welsh, (Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities).

Farrans, who are currently building over 200 new apartments on Gulson Road, were looking for a way to make a positive impact in the local community. So, their Community Business Partner team contacted the Council’s Community Resilience team who helped them identify the Food Hub as a project they could support.

The Food Hub is run through a partnership between Coventry based charity Carriers of Hope, St. Marks Church and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and was established to ensure that a range of specialist culturally appropriate foods was available to those in need.

 Since opening in November 2020, the Food Hub has provided three days’ worth of food to an average of 220 people a week.

Thanks to Farrans' generous donation of £500, the Food Hub will be able to purchase a large amount of food supplies which will help them to keep supporting those who are vulnerable.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities recently visited the food hub and paid tribute to the hard work of those who work there.

He said: “I was blown away by the dedication and generosity of the people who were working in the hub. They are a credit to our city and the way they continue to support the diverse communities we have in Coventry is truly awe-inspiring.

“We have a strong community ethos here in Coventry and it’s fantastic when a local developer, like Farrans buys into that. Their support is hugely important to keep vital support networks like this food hub going. So, on behalf of the city I want to say a big thank you to them for this donation.”

Andrew Purdy, Project Manager at Farrans Construction, said: “As a business we strive to make a positive impact on all of the communities that we work in and, as part of our Gulson Road construction project, we are pleased to donate £500 to the Worldfoods Food Hub in Coventry.

“This partnership provides support to those facing extreme hardship in the local area. The pandemic has placed additional pressures on many households and demand for services such as food aid has increased significantly in recent months.

“We identified the hub because it’s an important organisation delivering an essential service and we know that these funds will be used to help some of the most vulnerable people in this area.”  

To find out more about the work that Carriers of Hope does in Coventry, please visit their website.

Farrans, a leading building and civil engineering contractor who are delivering world-class projects across the UK and Ireland. The company, which employs more than 500 people, has offices in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Belfast with further site offices connecting its regional network. You can read more about their work, on their website.

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