St Petrocs Covid-19 Heroes: Emily Taylor

St Petrocs staff accepting the food donations

Emily Taylor, one of our supporters has provided valuable support to St Petrocs throughout the COVID-19 lockdown by crowd funding to purchase fresh food and staple supplies to generously donate to our clients.

Emily contacted St Petrocs’ at the start of lockdown to say that she and friends would like to donate food to the people living within our supported accommodation.

This was in response to the news that local community groups in Truro who had to stop providing the usual weekly breakfast and dinner clubs that provided a regular nutritious meal for those who were homeless in the Truro area. Many of these projects where suspended completely as many of the volunteers are over the age of 70, and therefore classed as vulnerable.

Some of the funds raised have come from an appeal that Emily set up on Just Giving – which has raised over £600 towards the purchase of food which has been delivered to clients using our services.

Started as an initiative which aimed simply to keep St Petrocs’ residents in supply of fresh food for the first few weeks of lockdown, the generous donations and Emily’s commitment have meant that we have received food donations for at least 10 weeks!

As momentum built, and the funds raised grew, Emily has organised and paid for large food parcels of locally sourced meat and vegetables from the butchers at the Truro Pannier Market, Oggy Oggy Pasties and ‘Essentials’ boxes full of dried goods like pasta, cereal, flour and more from The Refill Store. All of these purchases have been from businesses local to Truro.

The original aim to give food for those in accommodation changed over the course of lockdown to include the provision of extra food for those that were sleeping rough. This food has formed an integral part of our Truro resource centres effort to keep rough sleepers fed.

Sadly we have seen growing numbers of people being displaced and sleeping rough as a result of increased tensions, e.g. with landlords, partners, housemates, etc. exacerbated by Covid-19 measures.

 

We are so grateful for the kindness, generosity, and selflessness of people like Emily and we would like to extend a huge thank you to you from all the team at St Petrocs.