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Hannah Worsley from Norwich Foodbank will be representing community in the Christmas lights switch on this year as her team ramps up for Christmas.

The Norwich City switch-on is usually a big event, but this year, to avoid mass gatherings, it has gone virtual. Norwich City Council has released a video showing Santa and a child taking a walk through the city, and the lights coming on as they pass. At the end of the video they reach City Hall. On the steps are several keyworkers who represent the dedication of so many throughout the pandemic. 

You can watch the video here:
Hannah Worsley was invited to represent ‘community’. “It was a huge honour to be asked,” she said, “and while it is me shown in the piece, I really wanted to do it on behalf of my fantastic foodbank team and all those who have done so much for so many. Community is a really important word and has come back into our vocabulary a bit more this year. We have been looking out for others, and I sincerely hope that this care and kindness continues into 2021 and beyond.”
If you would like to support Norwich foodbank this December, Hannah is asking for £5 supermarket gift vouchers to include with the long-life parcels, as well as fresh fruit and veg to enable the recipient to buy meat or cheese for a Christmas dinner. 
If you would prefer to give food, please look at the Norwich Foodbank website for the most up-to-date list of what is needed. If you would like to support children going without a gift this year, do check out the foodbank’s ‘digital giving tree’ for more information on how to donate:
December is always a busy month for Norwich foodbank. It continues to give out food parcels and essential toiletries, and demand for help goes up, partly because of rising heating costs. This led to the foodbank starting an 'Energy Bank' scheme in 2017. Working with a few key referral agencies, Norwich foodbank gives a one-off emergency grant to individuals for help with gas or electric meter costs between November and March. 
Alongside parcels, Norwich foodbank adds treats such as Christmas biscuits, chocolate and crisps, thanks to generous donors helping to make a difficult time a little bit nicer. For the past seven years, with the support of Aviva and a lot of other companies and individual private donors, the foodbank has been able to pass on presents to children, parents and young people who otherwise would go without this year.

For more information, you can contact Norwich foodbank on

Image from Norwich Evening News

Eldred Willey, 30/11/2020

Published: 30/11/2020
Eldred Willey