Wall of Thanks

Ed Murphy was one of our wonderful volunteers who sadly last year passed away. He worked tirelessly for Foodshare, running the Sandwich run and helping in the Foodbank, the Homeless Meals and anywhere else his help was needed. Always with a friendly smile, comforting work and quick wit Ed was loved by everyone who he came into contact with. He is very much missed. Thank you so much to Ed's family who have made a very generous donation in memory of Ed towards the work he so loved doing here in Maidenhead.

Suzy Kirwood (Suzy Kirkwood Personal Estate Agents) and Sammie Phillips (Manager of Maidenhead Touch Rugby) donated funds which were used to buy fresh food for Foodshare. Sue Brett (founder of Open Kitchen) receiving the donation

Open Kitchen is entirely self-funded. Everything we do is done through the kindness and love of a great number of volunteers and supporters.

This wall lists some of people and organisations who have supported us. It is our way to thank you and to share the esteem in which we hold you with everyone who takes an interest in what we do.

Individual Volunteers
As at 12/12/12, 197 people have donated their time to help people, most in great distress, who they do not know.

The Midcounties Co-operative (monetary donation)
Maidenhead Golf Club
Alfresco (food donations and foodbank packing)
Informatica (cooked meals)
Home Instead Senior Care
Barloworld Equipment UK Limited (monetary donation)
Apttus (food and monetary donations)
Suzy Kirkwood, Kirkwood Personal Estate Agents Ltd.
Java & Co (suspended coffee initiatave)
The Spicy Chef Catering Company
Responsys EMEA (food donation to Foodshare)
Sainsburys (drop-off hosting, collections and moral support)
Waitrose (monetary donation and collections)
Dow Egberts (Coffee and food donation)
Nu-Star Energy (Christmas presents and regular food donations)
Co-Op Supermarkets (Huge collection of food)
3 (Food for the sandwich run)
Walton Cottage Hotel (regular food donations)
Acupuncture (Logo and poster design)
Copas Farms (Tins of food)
Abbvie/Abbott Pharmaceuticals (regular food donations)
Curves, Fitness for Women Club (An entire month's club membership fees donated in food)
Sorbon Estates (Premises)
Genband (Food donations)
Adobe (Food donations)
Sarah Lee (Food donations)
Flour Power (Food for the homeless meals)
Brown Sugar (Food for the homeless meals and foodshare)

We have been helped and we help many other charities in many different ways, ranging from tangible support to advice.
Thames Valley Vikings - Touch Rugby Club
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge (advice, time and monetary donation)
Maidenhead Lions
Maidenhead Rotary Club
Re:charge R&R (helping families in the community)
Rethink (supporting people with Mental Health difficulties)
Feed the Children

Schools and their pupils
Sir William Borlase Grammar School
St Edmund Campion Primary School

School pupils
Furze Platt School
Altwood School
Beaconsfield High School

Drop off points
Drop off points require of the organisations below a surprisingly great deal of time and effort, along with valuable floor space.
Quench Bookstore
Co-op FuneralCare
Maidenhead Advertiser (Bell St)

Distribution Points
Jubilee Church
Boyn Hill Baptist Church

We need to be confident that the people receiving food are the people who really need it. We rely on people who have first hand knowledge of the right people. It is enormously time consuming distinguishing who needs support and helping us to get the food to them without betraying their duty of confidentiality and in dignity.

Furze Platt School
St Edmund Campions Catholic School
Housing Solutions
Thames Valley Housing Association
RBWM Community Wardens
Frogmore Court
Maidenhead Citizens Advice Bureau
A number of Maidenhead Sure Start Centres

Faith/Community Groups
Faith groups have been the underpinning of everything we do. None of our activities would have started, or would continue to run, without the support of the faith groups in and around Maidenhead and the people they reach.
Maidenhead Interfaith/WAMCF (our founders)
Churches Together in Maidenhead
St Joseph's Church (Homeless Meals)
Jubilee Church (Distribution and drop-off point)
Maidenhead Christadelphian Church
St. Peters
High Street Methodist
Church of the Good Shepherd
St Luke's Church (Distribution point)
United Reform Church
St Edmund Campion Parish
Islamic Society of Britain/Maidenhead Synagogue (Foodshare donations)
Burchetts Green Parish
Burchetts Green Village Association
Maidenhead Synagogue
Many other churches and other faith group supporters

Royal Borough Windsor and Maidenhead (£2,000 grant, and support for business rates)
Cllr Werner's Members Fund