Pathway Homes

The Morecambe Bay Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust Network, supports thousands of people in need living across the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area.

In common with foodbanks the length and breadth of the UK, the work they do is vital. The circumstances of the last year – covid, furlough, job insecurity and job losses – have only made it more so.

In fact, demand on the foodbank in Morecambe has increased to such an extent that the charity was recently forced to relocate to a larger premises in the town centre, to enable them to adequately cope with the level of demand for their services.

We’ve known the brilliant and totally dedicated team at the foodbank for a while, and we were delighted when they approached us to ask for some advice about refurbishing their new premises.

But rather than simply offering some good tips, we thought we could go a step further by not only finding the contractors to complete the refurbishment, but by covering the cost of the necessary materials and labour ourselves.

Our £15,000 refurbishment donation included structural work to create a new charity shop space and uniform exchange, and a new accessible bathroom. We replaced outdated plumbing and plastering, and we helped to make the space brighter and more welcoming with new carpets and a fresh coat of paint.

To mark the completion of the refurbishment makeover, Pathway Homes project manager Josh Davis – who oversaw the renovation project for the Pathway team – made a donation of much needed store-cupboard items to the foodbank on our behalf. The long-life food items will be distributed to people in need over the coming days and weeks.

Morecambe Bay Foodbank manager Annette Smith said: “Everyone here at Morecambe Bay Foodbank would like to express their gratitude to Pathway Homes for their invaluable contribution to help get us settled into our new home.

“With Pathway’s generosity, we now have a brand-new office, full disability facilities in the building, and a partitioned area hopefully to be used as a charity shop in the future.”

It has been a real pleasure to help what is a phenomenal team in Morecambe. We hope that that the improvements to the Foodbank’s new home will help to make their vital work a little easier to deliver.

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