10 year old Erin Malpas Cryer’s fundraising activities were formally recognised at a ceremony on 22nd December when she was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by David Idowu, Gravesham Foodbank Manager. The citation reads: “Presented to Erin Malpas Cryer for your fundraising efforts and generosity to Gravesham Foodbank. Thank you for your support to help people in need”.
Erin had raised £1,300 with which she’d bought Morrisons vouchers to present to the Foodbank. She was more than surprised to have a presentation made to her in return. And her innovative idea for the Foodbank to distribute Morrisons vouchers as well as food had impressed David, who is now very keen to progress this idea and hopeful that such a scheme will be taken on board by other Foodbanks. As he says: “Erin has been a great inspiration to us all with her support for this voucher scheme, and it will add much additional value for our clients allowing them to buy that extra fresh food”.
The Gravesham Foodbank has grown significantly since it started 9 years ago. Then it was able to feed about 35 families. Now it feeds approximately four thousand. Completely dependent on acquiring funds to sustain operations and overheads – rent alone being £11K – fundraising efforts are absolutely crucial. As David says, “We really want to do more to break the cycle of poverty in our community”. No wonder Erin’s amazing efforts are so highly appreciated by them.
Erin is now busily planning her next fundraising project which will be a spring fair. Her compassionate efforts to help homeless and destitute people really are remarkable. In a world where there are so many injustices, and the gap between those who have and those who haven’t widens daily, it’s so gratifying to see one 10 year old with such determination to make a difference. Well done Erin – your amazing efforts really do deserve recognition.
Erin wishes to thank all those who have already supported her fundraising efforts. If you would like to make a contribution you can do this here.