John Wealleans, Head of Catering at The Chiswick, and his family have been spending their free time helping the homeless/rough sleepers in his home city of Chelmsford.
To date they have managed to raise a whopping £15,000 towards the cost of a fully equipped catering van that will enable them to extend their meals service to the homeless over a wider area, a much-needed service.
The management of The Chiswick Nursing Centre has weighed in with a generous donation in support of John, one of its longest-serving members of the staff team. “You have all been so supportive and generous towards getting the van, I am humbled by this as it’s so tough at the moment,” John said.
Whilst they wait for the van to arrive, John and his charitable colleagues have already been out and about in Chelmsford, during the evening, serving delicious Chinese-style food – chicken in black bean sauce with noodles or beef and okra with noodles. There was chocolate bread and butter pudding to follow and a tasty cake to take away. The Witham Hub kindly provided the ingredients.
STREETFOOD (the name of the group) stand alongside other outreach groups:
The ladies from the Community Church: supply drinks, breakfast bags and sandwiches.
‘Warm Hearts for Cold Hands’ ensures everyone has the clothes they needed,”
Meanwhile the fundraising must go on to cover the costs of running and maintaining the van once it arrives. John vows not to stop until they have helped as many homeless/rough sleepers as they can. No homeless/rough sleeper should go hungry. Awareness is a powerful tool.
If anyone would like to help, they can visit the STREETFOOD Facebook page to find out more about the project. Donations can be made via GoFundMe, or you can contact John via the Chiswick Nursing Centre on 0208 222 7800.