Castle Hill Community Pantry praised for work in pandemic


19:01 25 Aug 2021

Dedicated community pantry volunteers have been praised by their MP as “nothing short of amazing” for their heroic work during the coronavirus crisis.

Ray Boggis, Ange Stroud and Garath Jones set up the Community Pantry to care for people in the Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill areas of Ipswich who were isolated and alone, or in financial difficulty, due to the pandemic .

For 18 months, volunteers collected and distributed food packages and provided a valuable point of contact to over 100 different households in the North West region of Ipswich.

Central Suffolk and North West Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter, who joined the volunteers to help deliver their Christmas food baskets, said those behind the pantry had “touched many lives and made a big difference during the most difficult months of the pandemic”.

Presenting the Community Pantry team with the Suffolk Hero Awards, he said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a terrible toll on all of our lives, but it has also brought out the best in our communities and brought out the best in our communities. highlight the incredible lengths that people are willing to go to help others.

“The past 18 months have been a very difficult time for people who live alone or have low incomes.

“The Castle Hill Community Center‘s response to the crisis has been nothing short of amazing.

“I want to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses who have dedicated their time and resources to helping their community.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to present certificates to our community heroes in North West Ipswich, to thank them for all they have done for others during the pandemic.”

Mr Boggis, Chairman of the Trustees of the Castle Hill Community Center, also thanked all of the people and organizations who came together during the pandemic.

They included Ipswich Borough Councilors, Suffolk County Council, Morrisons and Waitrose as well as local shops and businesses.


Norma P. Rex