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Redditch comes together to support foodbank after burglary

Redditch Editorial 19th Oct, 2023   0

REDDITCH has come together to support a Friends of Isaac’s Food Bank, after it was burgled for the fourth time this year.

Last week, The Standard reported on the burglary at the Greenlands foodbank shed, which is based in the family’s front garden.

Since then, the town has rallied round with donations of food and money pouring in.

Supermarket giant Aldi has donated £500 worth of products, including cupboard essentials and toiletries, which will be used to replace the stolen items and also supply the three other foodbanks the 12-year-old has set up across the town.

Claire Louise Chapman, Isaac’s mum said: “He was very, very upset by what happened but has really brightened up and has a massive smile on his face since the donations.

“He worked so hard on this project and spends every weekend fund-raising.




“He is so passionate about it and this means he can carry on helping the community.”

Isaac set up the foodbank with £40 of Aldi groceries in November 2020 during the pandemic to help those that needed it most.


Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi UK, said: “Like everyone, we were appalled and saddened to hear about Isaac’s Food Bank, so we are delighted we can help where we can and ensure he continues to be able to do his amazing work.”

Isaac and his mum appeared on This Morning last Friday to talk to Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary about the burglary.

Claire said: “It was an amazing experience – everyone was so kind to Isaac and it really bolstered his confidence after everything that has happened.

“We’re so thankful to the people of Redditch for spreading the word, and helping us replenish the supplies we lost, and getting us back on track.

“We’re hoping to open our fifth site soon, and Isaac is looking forward to it.”

 

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said: “Despite these sickening crimes, Isaac continues to provide valuable support for those most in need.

“He is an inspirational young man who will stop at nothing, and be stopped by no one, to support the local community.”

A man has been arrested in connection with the burglary of the foodbank.

The 38-year-old man, who is also being held over a theft from Home Bargains, is currently in police custody.

 

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