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Chamber Patron member, Wolverhampton Racecourse, alongside the Reuben Foundation and The City of Wolverhampton Council, announced a new scheme earlier this month to support the local community with the purchase and distribution of over a thousand emergency supply boxes, each containing a range of store cupboard and bathroom essentials.


The team at the racecourse are working with the City of Wolverhampton Council to continue to support the needs of people in the city who are currently facing real hardship throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis or are self-isolating at home without any family or friends to support them.


Wolverhampton Council is undertaking the distribution of the boxes, as part of its established emergency food and provision delivery procedures which has seen more than 15,000 food parcels delivered across the city since the coronavirus lockdown.


The boxes donated by the racecourse contain a range of store cupboard and bathroom essentials including tea, coffee, UHT milk, pasta sauce, canned fruit, canned veg, fresh-baked bread, cereal, biscuits and toilet rolls all designed to help support the local community at this difficult time.


As part of ARC, Britain's largest group of horse and greyhound racing venues, Wolverhampton Racecourse has been able to work with nationwide suppliers to put together these emergency boxes, with the generous financial support of the Reuben Foundation.

Executive Director, David Roberts, said, "We are aware of the impact that the current health crisis and lockdown has had on many people in the local area.


"Whilst racing at Wolverhampton has been suspended, we have been pleased to work with Wolverhampton Council and our suppliers, Brakes, with the significant financial support of the Reuben Foundation, to put together these emergency supply boxes which we hope will benefit a large number of people across our community.


"We very much hope that the boxes will go some way to helping those who are finding things difficult at the moment and to whom we would like to wish all the very best."


A spokesman for the Reuben Foundation said, "The Reuben Foundation is pleased to support the local community at this time of crisis. This continues our involvement in several charitable projects where we have been providing support to families and individuals who are impacted by the pandemic and also in purchasing protective equipment and food for front-line NHS staff and others".


Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of The City of Wolverhampton Council, said, "We are incredibly proud of our efforts to ensure our most vulnerable residents have had the security of regular supplies during this crisis and this incredibly generous award from Wolverhampton Racecourse and the Reuben Foundation which will help to ensure even more people benefit.

"The council could not have achieved what we achieved without the support of local partners working together as one city to support us. Turning a leisure centre into a big food distribution hub to feed thousands of people in just a few days was no mean feat and our city has stepped up to the plate like never before."

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