Higgins Construction gives a local foodbank and homeless charity a helping hand this Christmas

Posted: 08/12/2015

With Christmas fast approaching and thoughts turning to presents to buy and the food and drink needed for all the family and friends visiting, staff at Higgins Construction have been taking time out to make sure that those less fortunate have access to food stocks over the festive period.

The team from Higgins Construction’s regeneration project Gabriel Square in St Albans spent time last weekend helping St Albans and District Foodbank relocate their food stocks from their current premises in Rothamsted, Harpenden to its new main location Youth with a Mission, also in the town.

The team from Higgins Construction and subcontractor Bluechyp provided vans, cars and manpower and helped move:

  • 65 stacking crates each weighing about 20kg
  • 4 work benches (915hx1220wx615d) and 36 associated containers
  • 12 picking crates
  • 46 banana boxes containing pasta
  • 25 clear plastic boxes each weighing about 15kg
  • Step ladder
  • Desk and cupboard

The company also moved 70 stacking crates to a garage used by the foodbank.

Victoria Turner, site manager for Higgins Construction at Gabriel Square, in St Albans said, “Higgins Construction is extremely committed to working with the local community around each of its projects and at Gabriel Square, we have been particularly focused on helping local charities. We are delighted to have been able to help St Albans and District Foodbank move to their new location where they will be able to help the local community this Christmas. Our surveyor even bought his dog to help.

John Mulholland of St Albans and District Foodbank comments, "Due to impending redevelopment of the building we were using at Rothamsted Research we had to find a new location for the foodbank warehouse. This meant that we needed to move around 4 tons of food and other donations as well as some shelving.

“The problem we had was to move everything in as short a timeframe as possible to minimise any disruption to our regular packing of food parcels. The assistance given by Higgins Construction and their subcontractor Bluechyp to help us move was a real lifeline. An enthusiastic team turned up on Saturday morning at 9:00 and by 11:30 the job was done!  I am pleased to say that as a result we were able to continue packing parcels as normal this week.”

UK foodbank use is still at record levels as hunger remains a major concern for low income families. According to Trussell Trust Foodbanks, between April and September 2015, their foodbanks (of which St Albans and District is a project seeded by the Trust) across the UK gave 506,369 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 492,641 in the same period last year. Of these supplies, 185,218 went to children. Foodbanks are increasingly providing additional services to help people out of poverty.

“The Higgins team has also been supporting Martin House, the temporary accommodation for single homeless men over the age of 25 in St Albans by providing them with much needed suitable clothing.” Victoria concludes.

Gabriel Square on London Road in St. Albans includes the design and construction of 80 residential homes and apartments around a raised central courtyard, with parking below and a public square and garden above. The homes will include 52 townhouses ranging from three to five bedrooms, 16 two and three bedroom maisonettes and 12 one and two bedroom apartments.

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