Two Sheffield charities join forces to deliver lifeline food parcels

Two Sheffield charities join forces to deliver lifeline food parcels

Two Sheffield charities join forces to deliver lifeline food parcels


Weston Park Cancer Charity and Age UK Sheffield have come together to deliver food parcels to those most in need across Sheffield during the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been made possible by a team of volunteers – some who volunteered recently for this service.


This latest project represents a long-standing partnership between Weston Park Cancer Charity and Age UK Sheffield, as they work together to identify vulnerable individuals and offer them vital support throughout the city.


The two charities are currently delivering just over 100 parcels a week. Due to self-isolation, many at-risk groups such as those with a cancer diagnosis would have no other means to access food safely without organisations who are providing this essential service.


Individuals can self-refer to either Weston Park Cancer Charity or Age UK Sheffield or are referred by the charities themselves if they are already seeking support.


Funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity, an Independent Living Coordinator from Age UK Sheffield will then contact the person by telephone and provide a specialised approach in identifying their needs and any further support they might require.


Every year, Weston Park Cancer Charity funds two Independent Living Coordinators at Age UK Sheffield to support older people with cancer to live independent and fulfilling lives.


The food parcels are filled with a variety of staple items including milk, bread, butter, eggs and tea, as well as nutritious microwave meals, and are tailored depending on dietary requirements.


In addition, volunteers had the pleasure of recently delivering some luxury chocolate to a handful of people who were in need of a special treat including an elderly woman undergoing treatment for cancer, courtesy of a donation by John Lewis in Sheffield.


CEO of Weston Park Cancer Charity, Samantha Dixon, said: “We are pleased to be working with Age UK Sheffield, as part of an ongoing partnership, to maximise the amount of people we can reach out to.


“We are supporting more people in greater distress than ever, as those suffering from cancer and their families face understandably high levels of worry. It is important to be able to offer practical support such as food parcel deliveries, in addition to emotional support and medical advice through our helpline.”


Chief Executive of Age UK Sheffield, Steve Chu, added: “Our great partnership with Weston Park Cancer Charity enables us to provide a really important service.


“With cancer patients being at high risk and needing to self-isolate, it’s important now more than ever to provide that support, whether that’s through our regular welfare calls, delivery of food parcels, or by putting them in contact with a volunteer through our ‘In Touch’ service for regular telephone catch ups. It helps add that extra level of support and reassurance that they are not alone in this.”