Chesham Fold TRA have been successful in setting up a food bank for local residents in need

A Tenant and Resident Association (TRA) in Bury is providing food and other support after winning £1,000 from Bury Council following a public vote.

TRA volunteers at Chesham Fold Community Centre wanted to help those in their neighbourhood who were struggling to make ends meet. They were advised by Six Town Housing, the arm’s-length company which manages the homes on behalf of the council, to present their case for cash help to The Pitch, where local groups ask the public to fund their preferred projects.

The TRA succeeded in July, which has enabled them to run a foodbank in partnership with the charity Caritas, who provide their own team of volunteers to open up the bank and source food donations.

The food bank is now offering food parcels to some of the most vulnerable people in Chesham at the Community Centre every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am.

Two local children – Oliver and Angel-Lee Heaps – played a crucial role in the successful bid for funding. They participated in a short sketch within the three-minute allocated slot at The Pitch, and were naturally elated when Chesham Fold TRA won.

Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “Our Pitch events have proved hugely popular, giving local groups an opportunity to showcase the superb ideas they have to improve their own communities, and giving the public a chance to vote for the projects they most want. 

“There can hardly be anything more important than providing food to people in financial hardship, and my congratulations go to Chesham TRA for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition.”  

Kiera Delaney, Chair at Chesham Fold TRA, said: "We provide a warm environment, where people can come along for a brew and a chat. We'd like everyone to help us get the word out and tell anyone who might benefit from this the day and time that it runs; every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am. Also, if anyone needs to access an emergency food parcel they can do so by getting in touch with us."

Sister Joan O’Gorman from Caritas, who is co-ordinating the service in Chesham, said: "Our Caritas volunteers look forward to welcoming the people of Chesham. The food bank is open every Thursday...including Christmas week. On arrival there is the opportunity of tea or coffee and a chat – with any details we take being held in the strictest confidence - and we also have toys to occupy any young visitors."

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