Jockeys visit the community food bank at St Saviours, Sunbury ahead of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival
Top professional jockeys, Leighton Aspell, Jamie Moore and Joshua Moore visited the Community Food Bank at St Saviours Sunbury on December 9th ahead of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival.
The jockeys helped the volunteers complete jobs at the Food Bank. This included making up food parcels for families that had been referred to St Saviours, processing food donations that had been delivered and helping to sort out Christmas presents for an upcoming Christmas event. Grand National-winning jockey, Leighton Aspell helped with processing donated food. “The processing station is where all the dates are checked. You write the date on top and you stick to it going from the years 2020, 21, 22, 23 and then all this stuff goes into the Food Bank supermarket and it goes into parcels for people, for families or couples. Then people come in the afternoon, take the parcel that’s been put together with some great food, done by all this great work by all these volunteers here today.
“I’m very impressed but it is surprising, without knowing about it you hear the numbers that are talked about here, you just don’t know the amount of families that require all this help on a weekly basis and it’s a bit frightening but it’s great to see all this surplus food from the local supermarkets is being put to good use.”
Jamie Moore, who predominately helped with making up food parcels said:
“Me and Leighton, we came in here and I provided a family of four for the week with all their food. Breakfast, lunches, dinners and all their toiletries and hopefully got it all right for them for the week.
“I’ve got children myself and so I sort of know how much you do need. It is a good deal and this charity is obviously doing immense work to help these families out.”
Brother Joshua Moore, who helped to sort out Christmas presents, said:
“Today we’ve been organising presents that families can buy at Christmas for £2, they’re organised into boxes and could be worth up to £50, that people have donated and we’ve just been organising them into age and boy, girl genre to see suitable gifts for the age group and the children that will be wanting gifts at Christmas.
“There’re kids that are actually going to enjoy Christmas because they are going to get gifts when they probably wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”
The team at Kempton Park Racecourse supports St Saviours throughout the year – donating Easter eggs, organising advent calendar donations and serving lunch, too. The charity is entirely self-funded and they are currently fundraising for a new van. The racecourse has offered them the opportunity to hold a bucket collection during their famous Boxing Day fixture to raise extra funds.