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Daily Bread toasts Community Heroes success

July 2nd, 2024
Rev Lisa Whymark of Daily Bread Café

A community café offering companionship, debt advice, a food bank and activities is our latest Community Heroes winner.

The Daily Bread Café, part of St Peter's Church in Hutton, Brentwood, will has scooped £500 worth of materials to help improve its community garden.

A new vegetable area at the church will help people to learn new skills while also producing food to be used in the café.

Volunteers will visit our Basildon branch on Crompton Close to select their materials.

Over the course of six months, we are awarding 12 groups a windfall worth £500 through our ever-popular Community Heroes scheme.

Rev Lisa Whymark, of St Peter’s Church, said: “We are delighted to receive this tremendous support from Selco, which will make a huge difference to the work we do.

"The Daily Bread Café is at the heart of the local community, providing support to hundreds of people each week through the food hub, community café and activity groups.

"We particularly support older people and those with health needs. We have a small gardening group which operates from the café which we would love to expand.

"This prize will allow us to set up a vegetable garden with a potting shed and compost system. People will enjoy learning gardening skills and the produce grown can be used in the café, or even sold to raise funds."

At the end of the Community Heroes campaign, the dozen winners will go before a public vote, with the most supported bagging £5,000 in cash and the runner-up securing £1,000.

“That amount of money would be game-changing for the Daily Bread Café,” said Rev Whymark.

Alison Wong, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Selco, said: “Community Heroes has really captured the imagination and we have had an incredible number of strong entries from community groups and charities right across the country.

“We're delighted to be backing Daily Bread, which is there to support the local community four days a week, entirely led by volunteers.

“I’m sure the vegetable garden will be a huge success and another valued service.”

Community Heroes is open to any charity or group which is at the heart of its local community and entries can be made online by explaining in no more than 100 words how the building materials or money would be used to benefit the organisation.

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