| |Danielle Rowley
Midlothian MPSteve Wright
Edinburgh City MissionDavid Hogg
St. Mungo's Church PenicuikTime for refreshmentsBirthday cake
| Food Facts Friends 1st Anniversary 9 June 2017
Fact Friends celebrated their first anniversary on Friday 9 June at
Penicuik Town Hall. Project founder Mark Wells told us how he, together
with a number of friends, started the foodbank and drop in centre.
Through his own personal experience and the help of others around him
he has dedicated his energy to the relief of poverty and suffering in
Danielle Rowley, fresh from being voted MP for
Midlothian the day before, and up till then working with Shelter, told
us how essential Mark and his project are in our community. The current
benefit and support services make it very difficult for those on no, or
low income, to feed themselves and their families.
from Edinburgh City Mission (ECM) took us through some harrowing
experiences his team have encountered, highlighting the role that ECM
and their 'Basics Bank' foodbank play in providing food. Steve has
provided invaluable support for Food Facts Friends foodbank project's
first year startup.
Maxine Regan, the Tesco community champion,
and a Trustee of Food Facts Friends, sent her best wishes, whilst
volunteer David Hogg from St. Mungo's Church Penicuik, stood up to tell
us of his experiences, working with those in need.
video from Sister Rita Lee showed her visit from Manchester to open the
foodbank. She also sent her congratulations on reaching our first
anniversary and wished us well for the future.
The Rev Tom
Kisitu from St. Nicholas church Sighthill related his experiences and
how a growing church has to focus on going out into our community to
help those in need, rather than trying to bring people into the
Danielle Rowley was then joined by members and helpers of Food Facts Friends to cut the birthday cake.
refreshments, which included an authentic Fijian curry, we were
entertained by the Fijian Breakthrough Generation for Christ group,
some who are serving soldiers in the British Army. They used song and
music that offered up hope for the future. Some of our audience got up to dance to the music.
Facts Friends is open to serve those in need every Monday and Friday
from 10am to 1.30pm, in St. Mungo's Church Hall Penicuik. Finds us on
Facebook or call 07487 274944 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 11 June 2017