THE man behind Redditch Re-users is bringing real hope to people struggling to make ends meet in the pandemic.
Matthew Duggins has not only launched a foodbank for the needy, but he’s just started a ‘paint point’ for anyone looking to brighten up their home and a clothing swap shop is just starting up.
Not only that, but he’s also been gifted by Minuteman printers with some fantastic Redditch colouring books designed by talented local artist Madison White and has launched a competition off the back of it.
“We’ve been given the books and we’re doing a colouring competition with a top prize of a meal for four from the fantastic Hungry Toad burger bar – with more prizes on the way,” said Matthew.
It’s all a dream come true for big-hearted Matthew who in November was backed by a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.
“We’ve been able to open a support centre for the local community, with the foodbank running seven days a week,” he said.
“I’ve joined the charity Fair Share and we get food from Tesco, Asda and Farmfoods every day.”
Matthew has also been in talks with Worcestershire’s community pantry to broaden the support he can offer.
“I’m looking at this as practice ready for the start of our three-year plan once Covid is over.”
Redditch Re-users is in the covered walkway at the back of Debenhams.
The Hungry Toad is there every Saturday in the town centre.
To take part in the competition simply pick up a colouring book from Redditch Re-users.