Friends charity is making a real difference on the streets of Thurrock

MEMBERS of a Thurrock-based charity have spoken of their happiness at being back on the street in Grays to help local people – and were delighted to be thanked for their efforts.

During the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, the Friends of Essex and London homeless organisation had to suspend their weekly ‘soup kitchen’ at Grays Baptist Church on Orsett Road, which is held on Friday evenings.

But it is now up and running again and last night (Friday, 7 August) the volunteers had another great reception from local people in need and added: “While setting up a young girl stopped to talk and ask a few questions.

“Then she said ‘you helped me and my baby with a food drop during Covid19’.

“It was lovely to see her and she’s now working and improving her and her baby’s life. It was so refreshing to see her and, more importantly, that she is on an upward trend.

“We ended up seeing 22 guests who all tucked into Cathy’s lovely Chicken Fajitas. There were some newcomers to the group who visited us as well.

“We also had Kim drop of 100 cans of drink and boxes of sweets from St Thomas Canterbury Youth Club they will be very useful - thank you.

“The heat was horrific but we ensured all had the options: waters, fruit drink and a hot option of tea coffee or chocolate and to add the cherry on the cake, Cathy our cook went and purchased ice lollies for all which went down a storm.

“So that’s little old us many bases covered but most of all we made a difference.”

You can find out more about the Friends of Essex and London Homeless here[L.] and donate to their good work.