Thanks to Peter and Jean Sharrocks CWUHA have once again been busy and have donated food and gifts to the community charity Little Sprouts to help the most vulnerable in the Teesside area during this difficult time and the weeks up to Christmas.
Little Sprouts Health and Wellbeing commit to use food and nutrition to support vulnerable families and communities to improve their wellbeing through our community cooking clubs and cafes. Since forming in 2011, Little Sprouts have made a real contribution to children, young people and adults in Stockton and surrounding areas.
Debbie Fixter and Neta Kaur- Brown, founders of Little Sprouts, along with a small team of 4 part time staff are passionate about food and the health and well-being of communities.
Some of the work they Debbie and her team have achieved in recent months has meant they have been able to deliver 1600 school lunches along with a further 1200 given out from the hub in Thornaby. From food and funding donations and collections, we were able to ensure every family who received a delivery or visited the Hub also received a food package.
They have continued to buy and collect food to enable The Hub to open on Tuesdays and Thursdays to hand out food parcels, currently they serve 100 families a week which continues to increase. They currently also deliver to 31 families each week, where their situation means they cannot access food due to health or financial issues.
They have put together baking and recipe bags along with craft packs and books which have proven to be as essential as the food. The Hub is run by 1 member of staff along with a bank of 8 volunteers who help with deliveries.
They have a large collection of toys and last month where able to run an autumn fair for people to buy Christmas presents for a small donation to again help ease the financial pressures. During the October half term, they responded to the government’s decision not to provide free school meals to those eligible and provided 200 food bags containing enough ingredients for a weeks’ worth of lunches. With amazing support from local businesses and the community they were also able to provide addition food items, prepared meals, and cakes.
Peter Sharrocks CWUHA Trustee said “I am very proud we are able to support an amazing charity that will ensure children will not go hungry over the festive period.
The work and dedication of this small team at Little Sprouts is inspirational and I’m glad the CWUHA have been able to help in a small way to help bring a smile to those families this Christmas.”
For more information on Little Sprouts: http://www.littlesprouts.org.uk/