Peterborough mother coordinates food delivery across her community

Mother of six, Sarah Howard, has begun organising the delivery of food parcels across Bretton to stop children from going hungry this half term.

By Ben Jones
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:25 am
Food donations at The Oxcart
Food donations at The Oxcart

Sarah (41) got the idea after putting a post on the Bretton Community Facebook page and being overwhelmed by the response.

She said: “I put the post up and within a couple of hours my hallway was flooded with food.

“I then got in touch with the Oxcart Pub and arranged a drop off point there and volunteered to do the deliveries. Although, I probably should have asked my husband Peter first, as he’s the one who drives.”

Sarah Howard

Sarah’s efforts have been helped by the donations of family, friends, residents near her home in Bretton and her work colleagues at law firm Taylor Rose TTKW, this includes both food and money.

The Oxcart pub, at the Pyramid centre in Bretton, has become a base of operations and each night throughout half term (October 26-October 30) herself and Peter will be delivering specially created food parcels to those in need.

She added: “I initially hoped to help maybe five or ten families, but I have received so much support and hopefully we can help many more. As soon as people at work found out what I was doing they all put their hands in their pockets and went shopping to grab stuff. I think it goes to show the spirit which exists in our community.

“I’m urging people not to buy anything fresh, I will do that myself with the money donated, as I don’t want it to go to waste before it can get delivered. At the end of the week, if there is any money left, I will be donating it to the local foodbank.

Food parclels ready to be delivered

“I’ve got six children of my own and there have been hard times, knowing there were children out there who may be going without a meal made me think, what can I do?

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me what a good thing it is that I’m doing but I’m not doing it for thanks, just knowing I can help is enough.

“I can not stress this enough if any family is struggling around the Bretton, Westwood or Ravensthorpe area please don’t suffer alone, get in touch.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can visit the Oxcart Pub between 12am and 10pm or message Sarah on Facebook, click here.