One of the things we love to do at Connect Reading is to help broker redundant or surplus resources. So, when Reading UK CIC got in touch with us to ask if we could help re-distribute 1,500 bottles of antibacterial hand wash, we leapt into action!
A call went out to our non-profit members to ask whether any of them would like soap and as you can imagine in the height of the pandemic, the response from many was affirmative!
Annie headed off in her car to meet the team from Network Rail and Interserve at Reading Railway Station. It took two car-fulls (including all the seats and foot-wells!) and some serious organisation to arrange all the pick-ups and drop-offs. But, thanks to Reading UK CIC making the connection we were able to re-distribute the soap to 14 of our non-profit members.
For example, Lucy collected some for Chemogiftbags who will use them in their bags which go to ladies and gents undergoing chemotherapy for Breast Cancer in Reading. And, Age UK Reading took a large supply to use during their Happy Feet appointments where they see 30-40 clients a day, several times a week! ABC to Read took some for their volunteers who are reading with children in school, and RCLC took some to use in their work with ethnic minority women and their families. And, that’s only four out of the 14 charities!