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Shelley’s brilliant idea results in MBC’s Carpark Harvest yielding a bumper crop

5 October 2020

Sunday’s drive through Carpark Harvest was a brilliant event! With well over 100 people either walking or driving to MBC and donating literally scores and scores of products it was a terrific example of what can be achieved when you think out of the box. 

Faced with the prospect of Harvest 2020 going unrecognised, whilst at the same time a local foodbank was reporting that since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic demand for their services was up by more than 30% Shelley Dring (above) our Children’s and Families Worker suggested this initiative way of keeping our harvest tradition afloat. 

With a three foot long risk assessment pinned to the front door, and a NHS Track & Trace barcode scanner stuck along alongside it all was set at 1pm when the first of our visitors arrived. By 4, when all was safely gathered in stage 2 of the process began – organising the delivery of our harvest to the Leeds North and West Foodbank

Huge thanks to Shelley and to her small team of helpers. Together, and in just 5 days, they not only organised something that saw an enormous amount of food, toiletries, cleaning products etc being donated to a terrific community project, they also gave many of us our first opportunity in months of seeing and from a safe distance having mask to mask chats with friends.


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