Bread Winner loses job and other stories

A gentleman came into the distribution centre having recently lost his job as the main bread winner for his family.  He has a wife and 4 children. They have put a benefit claim in but it is taking a while and they have no savings. We furnished him with food and I offered to help carry it out to their car. As I rounded the corner I saw his wife and four children in the vehicle. One of his son’s, about 10 years of age”, excitedly shouts “great we’ve got food….we can have some lunch now”….it was 4pm in the afternoon.

An ex-soldier and veteran of Afghanistan had been discharged after recovering from a head wound that he received while on tour. As he had nowhere to live and no money he had no choice but to live rough. He came to us, now having found accommodation for the first time, which has allowed him to put in a benefits claim. Not only could we feed this “hero” but as he only had the one set of clothes, our sister charity “Swindon Restore” was able to kit him out.

A gentleman who lost his job at Honda, wanting to help himself and his family put all his small savings into setting up a landscape gardening business. Unfortunately within days of starting his first job he put an angel grinder partly through his thigh. The doctors advised that he was not likely be able to work again for 5-7 months. As he had tried to help himself he was left penniless and the family without food. Not only was Foodbank able to step into the gap, but two members of our team prayed for his speedy recovery. Just a month on, his wife rang in to thank everyone at Foodbank: She told me that in their hour of need friends and neighbours seemed oblivious to their plight, but that everyone at Foodbank was so understanding and welcoming, she was moved by her experience. She went on to say that her husband had gone for a check up and that the doctors were “astounded and amazed” at the progress his wound had made. So much so that they were happy to allow him to return to work, all be it that he would have to exercise care in doing certain things.

It’s been my first month in the job as interim Project Manager. I have been moved to tears on more than one occasion; tears of sadness and tears of joy when I am able to appreciate the difference that the generosity of all our supporters, donors and volunteers make to those in Crisis in our town. It has been a genuine privilege to be able to serve and support this God guided cause.

Andrew Hill - Temporary Project Manager

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