A Foodbank, that helps those in financial crisis feed themselves and their families, has been given a boost thanks to the work of a young volunteer. Evie, a Year 9 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, has been a dedicated volunteer at the Hambleton Foodshare for two years, where she serves customers at the weekly ‘Soup and Roll’ fundraising events during the school holidays. In the run-up to Christmas, which can be a very difficult, stressful and expensive time for families who are struggling to make ends meet, Evie wanted to do something extra and put together her own appeal at school.
Evie has been overwhelmed with the response from students, their families and staff, which a huge haul of provisions donated in support of her initiative. These will be taken to the Hambleton Foodshare where the group’s team of 90 volunteers will distribute the donations to those in need.
Evie is the youngest volunteer at the Hambleton Foodshare and Alison Grainger, Coordinator, said: “Evie is a regular volunteer during the school holiday. It is great to have young people on the team as keen to help as Evie. She has a wonderful ‘can-do attitude’ and gets on extremely well with her fellow helpers and all our customers.”
Evie started volunteering at the Foodshare after visiting with her Mum, who is currently studying for a degree in Social Work and started helping to aid her understanding of poverty. Evie was very impressed with the fundraising events and asked if she could help out too. Evie is now a valued member of the team and takes on a host of responsibilities from taking orders, making drinks, setting and clearing tables, serving and ensuring bread and biscuits are fresh and replenished throughout the service.
Evie said: “I find the work my Mum is doing really interesting and wanted to support those people who are less well off than ourselves. I really enjoy working in the holidays and find it very rewarding. I hope the food donated by everyone connected with Richmond School will make things a little easier for others at Christmas.”
The Hambleton Foodshare is highly regarded not just in the community and North Yorkshire, but nationally as well. The trustees and volunteers were recently delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive. Only one of six organisations from North Yorkshire to receive this honour, it is recognition for the outstanding work of the team of volunteers.
Jenna Potter, Headteacher, concluded: “Evie’s commitment to this most worthy of projects is exemplary and reinforces the message that young people are such a positive influence in our world. I could not be more delighted to hear of this generosity and urge her to continue.”