Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

Five-day forecast

Thieves raid Harold Hill foodbank

Harold Hill food bank was burgled on Friday
Mark Reeves, giving out food Harold Hill food bank was burgled on Friday Mark Reeves, giving out food

Friday, April 4, 2014
7:00 AM

Heartless thieves broke into a foodbank last week, stealing donated goods used to feed hungry families.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Harold Hill food bank was burgled on Friday.  Mark Reeves, with volunteers Valerie Hughes and Heather Corrie.Harold Hill food bank was burgled on Friday. Mark Reeves, with volunteers Valerie Hughes and Heather Corrie.

Mark and Ruth Reeves, who run the Harold Hill Foodbank in Hilldene Avenue, contacted police after discovering the building had been burgled on Friday.

About 4kg of food was taken, enough to feed a family of four for one week. It had been donated to the bank by local people, schools, churches, and businesses.

The bank gets about seven visitors a day, some looking to feed themselves, others requiring enough food for their families.

Mark, who discovered what had happened when he arrived to open up, said: “I found the door kicked in. They had been through filing cabinets and taken boxes of food.

“We can only guess at who did it. It could be someone had turned up with legitimate vouchers outside our opening hours and got frustrated, it could be kids being kids. We don’t know, but most people appreciate it is a charity.”

The couple set up the food bank in 2012. It is run by charity Kingdom Storehouse and is part of the Trussell Trust network, a Christian charity that works against poverty.

Ruth added: “It is a shame, if they had gone to one of our 60 distributors to receive a voucher we would have happily given them food.”

The break-in compounded the couple’s struggles as the foodbank is facing closure due to the council building they currently occupy being let out to new tenants.

The charity was hoping to move to Gooshays Drive but that property has also since been bought out.

Now, a Brentwood company have quoted £120,000 for a new modular building and Mark and Ruth have applied for funding from companies Veolia and Drapers.

Ruth added: “We want to continue to provide this important service to the people of Harold Hill and Havering.

“Any local businesses or individuals that would like to donate to our property fund can donate.”

If you are interested in donating to the food bank, visit haroldhill.foodbank.org.uk.

Share this article

0 comments

Other News Articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »