Young people at All Saints’ Church, West Ewell, inspired fellow churchgoers to donate over 100kg of food to support the work of a local foodbank.
Freya, Nathan, Robert, Pete, Katie, Alicia and Andrew (aged between 12 and 16) were given the chance to give a short talk at a baptismal service in April to highlight the work of the Epsom and Ewell foodbank and its need for donations.
The talk came as part of a desire among the group to get more involved in the life of the church and to give back to their community. Freya, Nathan, Robert, Pete, Katie, Alicia and Andrew plan to visit the foodbank in August.
Following the call for donations the congregation gave 111.1kg of items, particularly focussed on items of need, such as personal hygiene items, for the work of the Epsom and Ewell foodbank.
Naomi Barnard, Foodbank Office Manager, said;
"We're very grateful to All Saints Church and to Freya, Nathan, Robert, Pete, Katie, Alicia and Andrew in particular for these donations.
"We always appreciate more items which help us ensure we can support those who use us. These fantastic donations will help a lot of people in need."
The Revd Sue Cooke, Vicar of All Saints' Church, said;
"I'm thrilled with the reaction to Freya, Nathan, Robert, Pete, Katie, Alicia and Andrew 's talk. They came to me with this idea and gave such an emotive and inspiring talk.
"I'd like to say a massive thank you to those who have donated items to the foodbank. I'm delighted that we have been able to support the incredible work of Epsom and Ewell foodbank in helping those in need in our area."
Find out more about the work of Epsom and Ewell foodbank.