Bees Legend, Current Star and Buzz Bee Help Out at FoodBox

Turn up to help volunteers assemble Christmas hampers

to r: Buzz Bee, Marcus Gayle, Martha Elsesser – FoodBox Volunteer and Gardener, Josh Dasilva. Picture: Richard Southgatel to r: Buzz Bee, Marcus Gayle, Martha Elsesser – FoodBox Volunteer and Gardener, Josh Dasilva. Picture: Richard Southgate

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The Hounslow Community Food Box had some very special helpers this week with the arrival of supporters from the staff of Brentford Football Club.

Among the volunteers at the Rose Community Centre were Buzz Bee, the team mascot, former player and club legend Marcus Gayle as well as first team regular, Josh Dasilva.

Every Christmas, Hounslow Community FoodBox assembles hampers to distribute to individuals and families throughout the borough.

The Bees have been long-term backers of the Foodbox, so other volunteers helping to put together packages were delighted to see them turn up on Thursday 10 November accompanied by Community Relations Director, Sally Stephens.

Yet again this year the FoodBox is enjoying the hands-on support of the club, as well as from Alexanders, removals and storage specialists, who will store and ultimately deliver Christmas hampers for around 500 adults and children throughout the borough.

Marcus and Josh were happy to lend a hand assembling the first of the hampers and loading them onto Alexanders' van, and they also took time out to support the making of this year’s Christmas Appeal video.

FoodBox Treasurer Philip Jones explained that they have prepared 7-day food parcels for more than 8,000 adults and children already this year, and that most of them are personally delivered to recipients right across the borough.

Taking time out from picking and packing, Marcus praised the fact that that the charity is 100% volunteer-run and open five days a week, all year round.

Josh said it's a great thing that the Bees are helping the FoodBox and he hopes their fans will support it too.

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Hounslow Community FoodBox supports local residents in a time of need with essential food supplies. Whilst emergency food can’t solve poverty, it can provide a lifeline while other issues in people’s lives are being addressed.

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November 16, 2022

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