Porridge power! Bromley Heath is oat so generous

Published on: 24 Nov 2017

NOW the cold weather is upon us, the idea of spending the day on the streets in winter obviously touched a nerve for many people in Bromley Heath.

For when Sophia Gibbs-Foyle, who devotes much of her spare time to volunteering with homelessness charities, mentioned that they were running short of porridge, she got an amazing response. 

Within a couple of days, she had been given more than 1,000 sachets of instant porridge so that the street dwellers who attend the Julian Trust shelter and the Bristol 365 shelter could have a hot breakfast.

By the time the Voice went to print, the total was 1,600 sachets - taking up a lot of space at Sophia’s parents’ home in Baugh Gardens.

Sophia, a civil servant, does night shifts at the two shelters as well as working with Caring in Bristol, which organises the annual Caring at Christmas provision.

Se said she was delighted at the response her "porridge crisis" appeal on a neighbourhood Facebook group had received.

She said: "I think it is a community responsibility . We have a duty to help people in need. The number of service users is increasing and we need to step in ."

Her  mum Rachel Foyle said: "I am immensely proud of the volunteer work Sophia  does for the homeless. 

"Our address is used as a drop off for collections which Sophia collects from us and takes to shelters."

Youngest daughter Isabella Gibbs, 15, also helps the homeless by saving  her pocket money ato buy items to make up welfare packs for the homeless, which she distributes wiht the support of her family.

Other young people get involved too - a ten-year-old neighbour bakes cakes every week for Sophia to take to the shelters, for example.

Rachel said: "All in all I think there are some wonderful examples of what young people do and it is a lovely balance to some of the sad stories of anti-social behaviour we so frequently hear about."

They've probably got enough porridge, but if you want to provide supplies for the homelss, here's a list: http://juliantrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/11/November-2017-Stores-List.pdf

You can drop off donations at  47 Baugh Gardens.

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