Four Greens Community Trust raised over £100k in financial year 2020 – 2021 to support its Emergency support work for the PL5 local community. As well as grants received from Plymouth City Council, the Rank Foundation, DEFRA and Active Devon we have received tremendous support from some of the largest companies that are based in and around our City.
Morrisons and Lidl have provided Four Greens Community Trust with regular donations of food as well as household cleaning products. Tracy the Community Champion at Morrisons, is delighted to know that many of the families supported live local to their Peverell store and are more than likely also customers of Morrisons. Tracy said “it is great to give back to those in food poverty caused by Covid-19 and that we can be seen to be supporting families that in normal circumstances are regular customers of ours.
Samworth Brothers are currently donating as many as 200 pies, slices and pasties to us on a weekly basis and these are so appreciated by the families we support. One singe parent with three children said it was great to receive some food that was not in a tin and fresh to eat and as she was a vegetarian delighted to receive cheese and onion pasties.
The food that is donated to us by Lidl has to be picked up from Exeter and so when Gardners Haulage agreed to do this for us in recognition of our work we were so grateful as the cost of delivering this food would of eaten into the funds that are used to purchase the additional food required.
Our final thanks goes to Babcock Marine for their really generous donation made to our Food operation that was initially to cover our 2020 Christmas Appeal but due to the success of this has been able to sustain some of our families over the past three months as well.
Four Greens Community Trust is supporting over 500 people a week through its food parcels as well as up to 35 people through its befriending and errand service for people that are either shielding or unable to get basic chores undertaken. These tasks include gardening, basic home repairs and just providing lonely people with someone to speak with each week.
Four Greens Community Trust is indebted to these companies and wishes to ensure that the people of Plymouth are aware of their considerable support and the impact and difference it makes to the people we are working with. An 84 year old who has recently been widowed noted when she asked and found out where the money came from to run our emergency service said “these companies will never know the real difference their support makes. Life that would have been unbearable is now worth living again and I hope they can be told of the difference they make”.
FGCT along with our partners and community are determined to ensure that the companies support highlighted is recognised and we make no apologies for continuing to say “thank you” to them all!