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BESSACARR FC IN THE COMMUNITY

COVID 19 COMMUNITY FOODBANK

 

2020 has been a testing year for the whole world and it's certainly a testing time for our football club. To keep our subscriptions as low as possible we heavily rely on fundraising and sponsorship. With our annual tournament and club sponsored walk cancelled 2020 is definitely going to be a test for us but we are where we are and there are now more importantant issues than our own worries. Within our community, the past few weeks have been some of the most challenging times in a very long time and there are certainly many more ahead. Our local community needs to hold it's head high with the way everyone has pulled together to support the vulnerable who need us to take action.

 

Work within the community all started when we heard a story about an eledery gentleman  had headed to the local shops as he had no support and he needed food and essentials to keep him going. Unfortunately, as a result of the pandemic this gentleman was unable to collect the essentails he needed amd walked away from the shops empty- handed and crying. Luckily, with the people in our community, two ladies were able to support him and sprung into action to scrape some bags together full of essentials to keep him going and handed these to him. We as a football club pride ourselves as a community club and we knew deep inside that surely we could do something to help.

 

After a few hours of contemplation, we shared the said story on our facebook page and we decided to start collecting on Sunday from 10-12am and we would distribute these bags to the vulnerable within our community.  Unsurprisingly, the heroes within and surrounding our club pulled together to provide for the vulnerable. On that Sunday, we provided 45 bags of items to the vulnerable and we put our next post out to appeal again for tinned items and non-perishable foods.

 

To our surprise, we received a call from the council and we decided to join the COVID-19 campaign and become an official partner ofthe Doncaster community hub based at the Dome.

 

Fast forward to the time of writing this, the 12th of May. We are now providing for the vulnerable in and out of our community, led by our volunteer team. We are in partnership with the council and are in regular communication with them. Our appeal has got that big that daily, we are receiving referrals from the council amd are doing collections of food items from our amazing community who are constantly pulling together to help the appeal for the people in need within their community. We have currently had to extend our opening times on a sunday to 9am-12 noon, we are collecting and delivering 7 days a week and have purchased a large fridge and freezer so that we can keep up with the needs during these uncertain times.

 

Our community comes first.

food bank 1 litter pick

Cantley Park Community Group

 

We are proud to hold a psoition on the cantley park community group committee. Throughout our time with the group we have co-hosted and helped orgasnise the annual Cantley Carnival, take part in and organise an annual litter pick of Cantley Park. We attend monthly committee meetings, with members of DMBC, local ward councillors, members of the community group and ourselves and offer our support on all to do with Cantley Park.

 

Our community comes first.