Homeless charity receives brand new vehicle from Anglian Water

04 March 2021

News

Anglian Water has been supporting the work of the Ferry Project in Wisbech since 2013 and has this week donated a brand new van to the charity. 

 

The Ferry Project provides both accommodation and skills to enable people who are homeless to live independently and had been established in Wisbech since 1998. Anglian Water has, over the past eight years, supported the work in various ways including donations and assistance with building projects. 

 

The new van will allow the organisation to collect food donations and deliveries – a number of local food firms donate food which the Ferry Project collects and delivers to people who are homeless or in need. This has been essential during the last year and since the first lockdown began the Ferry Project has supplied over 1,000 food parcels to people in need. The parcel contains enough dried, canned or fresh produce for a single person to eat for a week. Furniture donations or deliveries – same again with furniture donations. The organisation also helps people set up their home when moving out of temporary accommodation. 

 

Mick Farmer, Head of Fleet at Anglian Water said, "We are delighted to be able to provide a new vehicle for the Ferry Project, the work they do is vital for the local community and being able to provide goods and services to those who are in need. We are proud of the relationship that we have with the project and the support we have been able to provide them over the past eight years. Our relationships with community organisations are a key part of Anglian Water and we will continue to provide support across the region where we are able to.” 

 

The van will also be used to help with maintenance and repairs – the project often buy materials for the caretaker of the organisation to complete repairs, and the caretaker will use the van to collect and deliver these materials. 

 

Keith Smith, Director of the Ferry Project said, “The lockdown has been very hard for us all but particularly hard on people who are homeless. We are very grateful to Anglian Water for their support. The gift of the van will allow us to collect donated food, clothing and furniture and pass it on to those in need.  Anglian Water has been a great partner to Ferry Project over the last eight years. With their help and support we have supported over 1500 homeless people and over 2000 unemployed people in that time.” 

 

For further information about the Ferry Project click here and find out other ways to help support this essential organisation.