Community Engagement Officer Delivering Food Parcels To Vulnerable

Hull FC Foundation's Community Engagement Officer Liam Welham has been doing his bit for the community during the COVID-19 lockdown, delivering food parcels to vulnerable members of the local community.

Hull FC Foundation’s Community Engagement Officer Liam Welham has been doing his bit for the community during the COVID-19 lockdown, delivering food parcels to vulnerable members of the local community.

The club are doing their bit to help out during the ongoing pandemic - as well as supporting local schools leading sessions for key-worker children, Liam has been visiting homes across the area with food packages to those who might otherwise not be able to leave their home, or who may have become unemployed to the crisis.

Liam has already helped hundreds of families in recent weeks and continues to support them with his daily deliveries across the city.

Speaking to hullfc.com, Welham said: “The club have an agreement with FareShare where we collect food every morning for some of the students we look after from the Rise Academy through the Hull FC Foundation. But with all our work being cancelled due to the lockdown, they asked if we’d still be able to collect any of the food as a lot of it is perishable.

“So I decided to keep myself busy and help some people in the local area, I’d start a pick-up and drop-off service for the most vulnerable who are stuck at home by themselves.

“The majority of people I’m doing deliveries for fall into that over-70s category, as well as people living in residential homes, low income families, or those who have been recently unemployed due to the pandemic.

“Using the wonders of social media, I put the message out there and managed to get as much help to as many people as possible who need it.”

Welham added: “It’s really rewarding. I’m born and bred in these parts so I know a lot of the people I’m delivering to, but even when you don’t know them by face when you drop the food off at their door, you can see how grateful they are and that shows the spirit within the community here.

“I visited a couple today who before the pandemic, were only ever visited by carers. And now the lockdown has started, even the carers can’t visit so they’re completely on their own so I like to think that these deliveries will really help them out.

“My full family are chipping in to help too. They’ve been helping me out every morning sort the food out into individual packages ready for delivery.

“I obviously wear the Hull FC badge when I’m out and about because it’s just about letting them know that the club is always here to help, and having a familiar name like that coming to their door can really bring a smile to their face, particularly if they;re supporters.”

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