Worksop charity launches van appeal after being inundated by families needing support during pandemic
A Worksop community charity is launching an appeal to buy a delivery van following a huge surge in referrals during lockdown.
From The Heart Charity, based the The Priorswell Centre, in Cheapside, has been inundated with families needing support during the pandemic and is fundraising in a bid to buy a van to keep up with demand for deliveries.
Charity founder and coordinator, Heather McGlone, said: “Over the last year we have seen a 65 per cent increase in requests for the services we have to offer. These requests have been for food parcels, clothing donations, Christmas toy appeals and also delivering household items.
“We have been working all the way through lockdown to hep families and have also hand delivered over 3,000 activity packs to help keep children entertained.
"At the moment we are using my small car to make deliveries and some local businesses including South Electrical, Lindrick Construction and Now Church in Langold, have been kind enough to loan us vans on a weekend to make deliveries but we are at a stage where we could really do with our own van to help as many families as we need too.
"Fundraising has been so hard during the pandemic with events being cancelled so we are asking residents to get involved and do sponsored events to help us raise money for a van. We would also if anybody knows any businesses who have a fleet of vans, who are upgrading or an individual who is selling a suitable van to contact us.”
As well as support from local businesses with transport hire the team at the charity has also had a helping hand from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons to help provide the community with food parcels and sanitary items.
The charity has supported thousands of families with donations of clothing, gas and electric, food parcels, furniture, sensory toys, day trips, fitness programmes and activity packs since it launched in 2017.
The charity relies solely on donations, funding, and sponsorship to provide hope and support to families in Bassetlaw.
To help with fundraising or sourcing a van contact the From The Heart Charity Facebook page, call 07310221774 or email [email protected]