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Yorkshire tradesmen use their skills to support Pocklington food hub

10 November 2021

A food distribution hub serving Pocklington has a new home - or rather moved upstairs at its current location in Pocklington Rugby Club.

With the help of joiners, electricians and painters from the Yorkshire region, the People’s Pantry now has a dedicated permanent space at the club to help continue its service.

In March last year the Pocklington Rugby In The Community (PRITC) charity established partnerships with the People’s Pantry, Pocklington's Covid Community Support group, the HEY SMILE Foundation and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where the groups used the rugby clubhouse as a district's Covid Community Hub.

The People’s Pantry had been using the club’s bar and changing rooms at its distribution hub, but this was not a long-term option. PRITC worked with the rugby club and various organisations, including Persimmon Homes, to develop a permanent home for the food bank.

Scott Waters, managing director for Yorkshire, said: “When approached by Pocklington Rugby In The Community to help transform spare rooms at the club into a new shop and store for the People’s Pantry, we were very pleased to give our practical and financial support.

“The Persimmon Homes Yorkshire team of joiners, electricians and painters - led by our contracts manager Phil Thompson - have been instrumental in transforming the room into a fit for purpose workspace for its growing service. We also ensured all works complied with necessary building regulations and were successfully signed off.”

PRITC's Andy Bowden said: "In addition to Persimmon as the main contractors, we also had great support from a host of local businesses and organisations including Storplan, Filstorage, York Property Solutions, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, HEY Smile Foundation, Mary Foster at NFU Mutual, Help4Health, ARCO, MADL (Brookfield Group), R C Donkin & Partner, Pocklington Town Council and, of course, Pocklington RUFC without whom this would not have been possible.”

Representatives from all parties involved in the transformation of People Pantry new hub were invited an official opening event, with Heather Davidson, of the People’s Pantry, saying: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to thank PRITC and all those businesses and groups who have made it possible to fully reopen the Pantry doors in our new home.”

Scott Waters added: “The Persimmon team feel it’s important to support our local community, where we can, and People’s Pantry provides such a valuable service for people who are struggling in these difficult times.”

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