Filton man in need of Coronavirus support gives away food for others

April 16 2020
Filton man in need of Coronavirus support gives away food for others

Louis Jones, who lives in supported living accommodation in Elm Park, was given a substantial package of essential food as his ongoing medical treatment puts him in the vulnerable category.

The Coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for society to look after our most vulnerable.

But in Filton, one man, who himself has had to self isolate for health reasons, has given away food parcels to ensure others do not go without.

Louis Jones, who lives in supported living accommodation in Elm Park, was given a substantial package of essential food as his ongoing medical treatment puts him in the vulnerable category.

When it arrived, Louis realised he did not need it all so he got in touch with Daniel Morgan of the South Gloucestershire Support Service for charity SeeAbility to find out if it could go to others in need.

After a few conversations between Daniel and our team at Filtonvoice, an approach was made to Debbie Teml and the Filton FACE team who are co-ordinating the local volunteer effort and also providing food packages for those in need.

This week, Debbie visited Louis's home, pictured above, and (keeping a safe distance) collected the food which will now be able to be distributed to others in Filton.

Debbie said: “Thanks so much for thinking of FACE, and the local Filton efforts to keep our community fed and cared for. We know that the local foodbanks are overrun with new people facing financial uncertainty and we’re trying to do our bit to help ease the load and ensure that those who are struggling to make ends meet or self-isolating are still able to access food supplies.

"We are a charity ourselves so have limited funds to support others, but with food donations from members of the public like this it’s really helping the work to succeed. We have an online JustGiving page as well where people can donate funds to help. www.justgiving.com/filtoncovid19

"We have a team of volunteers without whom we would not be able to deliver these packages to people. It really is an amazing community response; makes me proud to live in Filton!”

Daniel said: “This selfless act is very much in keeping with Louis’ character, a kind and thoughtful gentleman. It’s fantastic to see a community working together.”

Louis  said: “It’s nice to be able to help others out.”

SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years. Visit www.seeability.org