Council hails community spirit as businesses step up to support residents

Trafford Council is recognising the efforts of local businesses that have come forward to help and support residents during the current national lockdown.

This has included distributing free pizza making kits to families, donating specialist food items for people with specific dietary needs and providing regular contributions of essential foodstuffs.

Sale-based restaurant Mano a Bocca put together 120 pizza-making kits and gave them to community groups in Sale, Stretford and Timperley to distribute to local families over half term. In Old Trafford, the Community Response Hub based at St John’s Centre was delighted to receive a donation of £300 in vouchers from nearby organic grocery Unicorn. This has enabled them to buy foodstuffs for a resident who is clinically extremely vulnerable and had been unable to access food to meet her dietary needs while shielding, as well as stocking up on essentials for other residents. The Old Trafford team has also been grateful to local store Bottle Tops, which has donated a regular supply of basic food provisions to support people struggling in the local community.

In Partington, butchers Glynn Brothers have provided regular fresh meat donations and sent 85 fresh large chickens at Christmas, while Partington Fish Bar has given sacks of potatoes and local farms have contributed eggs and potatoes.

William Moxey, owner of Mano a Bocca said:

“The latest lockdown has been a tough one during the cold winter months and we know it can be hard for parents and carers to think of new ways to keep their children’s spirits up, particularly if funds are scarce. We thought our pizza kits would be a nice way to give families something fun and easy to do together and spread some good cheer during half term.”

Cllr Graham Whitham, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships said:

“All through the pandemic we have seen examples of the local community pulling together and this latest lockdown has been no exception. It is heart-warming to see businesses that may themselves be facing challenges doing their bit to make life a little easier for some of our most vulnerable residents.
Our thanks go to all those who have shown such great community spirit in Trafford and demonstrated that a little kindness can go a long way.”

Posted on Wednesday 3rd March 2021