Susan joins the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich
and Delia Smith
CBE as patrons of the charity which distributes food boxes to people in need, following referral from care professionals.
The announcement comes at the same time as the stage play The Woman in Black
adapted from Susan Hill's best-selling novel is appearing at the Theatre Royal
. The play has been running for 23 years in the West End
making it the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End, after The Mousetrap
foodbank Project Manager, said: “Susan has for some time been a great friend to our local charity providing us with support and encouragement. We were thrilled when she told us she was moving to Norfolk and that this would allow her to be more involved with our foodbank and we are delighted that she has now agreed to become a Patron.”
Susan Hill said: “In a way I don't want to be a Patron of the Norwich foodbank because I would rather the Norwich foodbank didn't have to exist, and that no one was hungry. That we have people needing to ask for help from a foodbank in this prosperous country brings shame on us all.
“But given that it is there, I am so honoured and pleased to support this local charity, who do such great work in providing essential food supplies to many in need and who take time to listen and signpost clients to further support. I am shortly to become a Norfolk dweller and hope to give the foodbank all the help I can.”
The Norwich foodbank continues to see an increase in demand with over 3,500 local people in need being given three days of food in the last 6 months.
Grant said: “With rising food and fuel prices combined with static incomes, unemployment and significant changes to benefits coming into force in April, our care agency contacts warn us that they expect to have to refer even more local people in crisis to us as the year progresses. This means we unfortunately have to plan to provide food for at least 8,000 this year alone.
“The local community have been incredibly generous in their support for our charity as we aim to help our neighbours in need. However our current resources are struggling to meet the increase in demand we are seeing. Therefore we need to expand our organisation and so we are now appealing to local businesses and their staff asking if they could assist our local charity. Could they make us their charity of the year, let us have some storage space for some non-perishable food, loan us a van, have a regular food collection or organise a fund-raising event. If anyone is interested in discussing how they could help we would love to hear from them.”
To find out more about the charity see their website at www.norwichfoodbank.co.uk
or contact them on 01603 251733 or by at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above is novelist and Foodbank patron Susan Hill and, below, a graph showing the growing number of local people receiving food from the Norwich foodbank each month since its launch.