Local charity Footprints in the Community celebrated being finalists in two categories at the RCVDA Volunteer Awards, held recently at Gisborough Hall. The charity’s warehouse team were finalists in the Volunteer Team category and Tim Myer, Chair of Trustees, was the very worthy winner of the Outstanding Trustee award.
Footprints in the Community started in 2011 and now run a number of projects from their offices at 10 Queen Street in Redcar, each of which aims to reduce poverty and isolation and improve health and wellbeing, in Redcar and the surrounding area.
The warehouse team were nominated as they have always been the unsung – and largely unseen – heroes of Redcar Area Foodbank, a project of Footprints in the Community. They work tirelessly to ensure that all donations of food are distributed to the foodbank centres to allow them to help local people who need it the most.
Over the last two years of Covid restrictions, the team adapted to extra demands by becoming the distribution hub for delivery of food parcels. As if that wasn’t enough, in the summer of 2021 the warehouse moved location. The team had to pack up and move approximately 30 tonnes of food and toiletries, whilst still ensuring the efficient day to day running of the warehouse. They did all of this with tenacity, good humour and amazing team work!
Tim Myer was nominated by Footprints’ CEO Ruth Fox for his outstanding contribution to the charity, which goes far beyond chairing meetings. Tim is very hands-on, regularly helping out in the warehouse and also with collections and deliveries in the charity van. Footprints are also delighted that Tim has been chosen as a Platinum Champion in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in recognition of his dedication to the local community. An amazing achievement!
Ruth Fox, CEO said, “We’re extremely thankful for all of our volunteers. They regularly demonstrate their commitment and dedication to Footprints’ aims of alleviating isolation and poverty in the local area. Without volunteers we simply could not run all of our projects, so we’re extremely proud that our warehouse team and one of our Trustees have received recognition for their outstanding contribution to our charity. We think that each and every one of our volunteers deserves an award!”
Ruth continued, “We also want to thank the public for their generous support of our projects. Donations are needed now more than ever, to allow us to continue helping local people in crisis.”
If you would like to help support Footprints’ projects, donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at 10 Queen Street in Redcar during office hours. Monetary donations are always appreciated as they allow items that are most needed to be purchased. Donations can be made at https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/20571