This morning, (23 April 2020) we arranged for 33 food parcels to be delivered to vulnerable families in Thamesmead. Over the last 24 hours, our socio-economic team worked with SPorting Club Thamesmead to contact suppliers for an emergency delivery; spoke to the manager at the local Aldi – who agreed that they would waive the two item per customer limit so that the team could bulk buy items; and contacted Hovis Bakery in Erith who kindly offered us 36 loafs bread.
Along with the collections above, the team donated food items and included messages of hope; drawn by their children.
Darcy Feetham, aged 9, did approx 30 messages of hope and said: “I love drawing and really like to make people smile; because lots to of people don’t have families to keep them company during lockdown. I’m really proud of my mummy and all the work that she’s doing, and hope that the families we’re helping enjoy our parcels.”
Fiona Hamilton, Communities Facilities Manager for Peabody added: “I am really proud of my team and of what we have achieved in such a tight turnaround. It was full on From Tuesday morning to Wednesday lunch time, but totally worth it.”
The team will do the same again next week and have a plan in place to work with the Royal Borough Greenwich and London Borough of Bexley on finding a long term resolution to support vulnerable families in Thamesmead.