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We at Millwood are proud to have recently donated a selection of essential food items to the Ramsgate Salvation Army foodbank to help residents in need.

A project taken up in their spare time, members of the site team and subcontractors at Millwood’s Bakers Field development in Cliffsend worked together to create food parcels from goods they had left over from Christmas. The donated food items will help desperate families and individuals in Ramsgate that rely solely on the support of the food bank to feed themselves, their families and their children.

Jacqueline Freeston, Community Programme Co-Ordinator at Salvation Army Ramsgate, comments of the donation: “We are always extremely thankful for donations at the Salvation Army, as it helps us support individuals and families at crisis point in the local Ramsgate area. All of the food and toiletries donated to us go directly to people in the local community, so we cannot thank Millwood Designer Homes and everyone that donates items to us, as they are directly helping their peers. Since the beginning of Covid-19, we are even busier than previously, and have seen much higher numbers of people using our services, so we are immensely grateful for the high volume of donations from generous local people during this time.”

The Salvation Army is an independent church that was set up in 1865 by husband and wife duo William and Catherine Booth, who took on the role of God’s work, helping the vulnerable people in their community. In the modern day, the church now has 800 Salvation Army parishes across the UK, providing a variety of services including food banks, counselling, residential care homes and helping the homeless. In 2020, the Ramsgate food bank supported 6,997 people in and around Ramsgate with donated food which had a total value of over £100,000. The food bank has seen an uptake of people from Thanet using the service during the Covid-19 crisis, and are asking for further donations to be made.

Mark Baker, Senior Site Manager at Millwood Designer Homes, comments: “I feel proud to have such a great team working alongside me at Bakers Field, who were so keen in getting involved and helping the local community that they gave up their spare time to help pull this all together. Since our donation, I have had a few people on site say to me that it was such a nice thing for us to do as a company, and that this has inspired them to donate items to the food bank boxes at the supermarket when they do a food shop, which is fantastic news for the food banks in Thanet.”

One particular member of the site team at Bakers Field, Andy Lewis, has also made his own contribution to the local Kent community in addition to donating to the food bank. Andy and his family live close to the M20 where ‘Operation Stack’ was taking place across the festive period, helping lorry drivers stranded on the motorway due to disruptions in the Channel Tunnel. On Christmas Day, the family walked to a flyover bridge close to their home, and lowered food parcels down to the lorry drivers to ensure they had something to eat whilst being stranded.

Located in the quiet coastal village of Cliffsend, just 2 miles from Ramsgate, Millwood’s latest offering at Bakers Field comprises a luxurious collection of 22 properties across a range of two to five-bedroom homes. Just three stunning properties remain in the current phase; The Lenham, The Ashurst and The Clairmont.