Introducing Lee Thompson

Swindon Foodbank have announced the appointment of a new Project Manager to take over from Richard Belsham. Lee Thompson will be starting with Swindon Foodbank on 3rd January 2012.

Richard has been heading up the work of Swindon Foodbank since its instigation in November 2005. In that time he has overseen the growth of the charity, seeing numbers of people being fed increase year on year. "We saw a particular increase when the recession hit," he explained. "I think it was by God's grace that Swindon Foodbank had been set up when it was, so that we were prepared and able to help people at a really critical time in Swindon.

"The past six years have been an amazing journey, from where we started to now - with a fine, well equipped warehouse, two paid staff, our own delivery van and over 100 volunteers. God has blessed and grown the work as we have sought to support local Swindon people living on the edge of crisis. I shall be stepping down with pride, knowing the Swindon Foodbank is on a sound footing, due to the generosity of individuals, churches and companies who have caught the vision for what we do.  I know that Swindon Foodbank will continue to be an expression of God's love to the people of Swindon and the surrounding areas."

As Richard looks to enjoying his well-deserved retirement at the end of January, he is happy to hand on the baton of management to 46 year old Lee Thompson. Originally from Swindon, Lee wants to use the skills he has gained in the secular world in a variety of roles including project management and customer service, to give back to his hometown. 

Lee ThompsonLee briefly shared his vision for 2012 "I'm looking forward to the challenge. With the support of my fiancĂ© Caroline I shall try to continue to build on the successes Richard has created at Swindon Foodbank.  Having met a number of the volunteers and donors already, I would like to thank you all for both making me feel so welcome and for all the hard work that I have seen in keeping this essential service going.

"With a deeper recession predicted I can only see the need for Swindon Foodbank increasing.  High on the agenda for this year is raising awareness of the work we do. If you are in or know of a Community group that would like me to address them with regards to the work of Swindon Foodbank I am more than happy to do so.

I would also like to make Swindon Foodbank Swindon's charity of choice for 2012.

Swindon Foodbank is a local charity filling local needs - please remember it only costs beans to make a difference!"

If you'd like to meet Lee, hear more about his vision for Swindon Foodbank, or get involved in awareness raising initiatives, get in touch via our email -

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