Foodbank is nearly ready

Volunteers at the new Arena foodbank.
Volunteers at the new Arena foodbank.

An Ilkeston church, which already helps hundreds of needy borough residents, is about to open a brand new facility to help hundreds more.

An army of volunteers has been working hard for months to turn a vacant warehouse in Belfield Street into what will soon be a hub to feed, clothe and offer furniture to those on the breadline.

The finishing touches will be made this week to the unique facility, ready for a grand opening.

Kristian Thorpe from the church came up with the vision for the new hub.

“We’ve helped so many people through the foodbank we already run here, but when you dig a bit deeper you find some of them haven’t got a bed or they only have the clothes they are standing in.

“This new facility is just responding to those needs that are there in the community.”

The warehouse, belonging to engineering firm Rowes, has been rented to the church at a knockdown rate.

In just a few months, workers have volunteered their services to create a kitchen, put down carpets, paint walls and install lighting.

The space inside will contain an area for those using the food hub and a storage area for donated furniture and clothes.

To donate unwanted clothing or furniture to this worthy project – or if your business can give it a financial boost – call the Arena on 0115 944 2996.

For an in-depth look at this incredible and unique facility, see next week’s Advertiser.