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Keith Berry and David Kemp visit Dover's Foodbank

Two cyclists on a fundraising Poverty Pilgrimage visited Dover’s Foodbank to see how food is processed at the warehouse.

Keith Berry, Together Canterbury development officer and David Kemp, former Diocesan secretary have travelled 100 miles in four days without any money.

They have relied solely on handouts for food and shelter and are raising funds for the Church Urban Fund - the Church of England’s charity working to alleviate poverty in the UK.

Dover Foodbank volunteers with pupils at White Cliffs Primary
Dover Foodbank volunteers with pupils at White Cliffs Primary

The pair visited the Foodbank in Dover on Thursday, June 11, where they helped to receive a donation from pupils at the White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts.

The school donated two car boots full of goods weighing 120kg.

Mr Berry and Mr Kemp were also kindly provided with lunch from the Foodbank.

Mr Berry said: “As well as trying to highlight the complex nature of poverty in this area, we also wanted this cycle ride to celebrate the many wonderful church and community-based projects which are happening all over the diocese, and to shine a light on the numerous people, often volunteers, who are committed to helping those who are living in urgent and desperate need.”

Dover Foodbank was one of 11 projects visited by the fundraisers. It is run in partnership with local churches led by Christians Together in Dover.

Dover Foodbank supports cyclists on pilgrimage
Dover Foodbank supports cyclists on pilgrimage

Since it opened in 2013, 37 tonnes of food have been generously donated and 2,861 local people have been helped by receiving supplies. As of the May 1, 2015, approximately 846 of the total people fed by the Foodbank have been children.

Lynn Harris, warehouse coordinator for Dover Foodbank said: “We are always delighted to hear from people who would like to support our work either through food or monetary donations, or by wanting to volunteer their time. We are always in particular need of supermarket collection volunteers.”

The next collection will be at Tesco in Whitfield on July 2-4.

For more information or to get involved visit the website at http://dover.foodbank.org.uk/get-involved.

Or get in contact by calling 0787036 1180, or email doverfoodbank@yahoo.co.uk.

So far they have raised £600 for Church Urban Fund. See https://www.justgiving.com/povertypilgrimage.

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