Yorkshire Times
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3:00 AM 25th May 2021

Driffield Wolds Food Bank Remains Operational Thanks To Esh Construction

Driffield Wolds Food Bank will remain operational in new premises after Esh Construction completed a premises makeover.

The food bank, which has provided emergency food support from its base since 2013, was at risk of having nowhere to operate as their new home required work in order for supplies to be stored safely.

But Esh Construction and framework operator YORhub teamed up with the help of a generous donation and keen volunteers to deliver an emergency makeover of the new premises. The project involved decorating the storage facilities to ensure they meet food hygiene standards as well as providing a clean and safe area for volunteers to work in.

Angela Train, Manager and Trustee at Driffield Wolds Food Bank, said: “I can’t express how pleased we are, we were really worried about how we could get this work done in the time frame and it was a complete surprise to be asked if we needed help. We can’t thank you enough, you did a fantastic job.”

Driffield Wolds Food Bank serves a huge part of East Yorkshire, from Pocklington to Bridlington. It is operated by registered charity, Love Driffield, which is also executing plans to create a community hub alongside the food bank.

Esh Construction pledged to support the community project as part of its commitment to YOR4Good - a community grant initiative which supports economic regeneration projects through schemes awarded via YORhub frameworks. The northern contractor is currently on site in the food bank’s catchment area delivering Gypsey Race Park Phase 2.

Michael Sherrard, Contracts Manager at Esh Construction, said: “At Esh, we’re always looking for new ways to support and enrich our local communities. Through a great working relationship with YORhub, we were able to deliver the work quickly, which has allowed the food bank to continue providing a much-needed service that many people rely on, even more so during the difficult times brought about by the pandemic.”

Gypsey Race Park Phase 2 (Areas 3 and 4) was procured via the YORhub, YORcivil2 Framework, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The project involves engineering and re-profiling of the land and banks in and around the Gypsey Race watercourse in Bridlington, including landscaping, tree planting, lighting installation, and a new play park.

The collaboration between Esh and YORhub has allowed the food bank to provide continuity of service despite the premises move and crucially ensures that the community can continue to access emergency food and essentials when required. Decorating materials and supplies have also been donated to support the creation of a community hub in the near future.