Staff at Endike Community Centre brave the snow to help the elderly
A COMMUNITY centre has been hailed for delivering food parcels to the vulnerable during the cold snap.
Staff at Endike Community Centre on 21st Avenue, north Hull, visited the sick and elderly to deliver hampers and soups.
Councillor Dean Kirk said the group went above and beyond the call of duty and deserves recognition.
He said: "I would like to say, 'well done' to Endike Community Care for all the hard work they have done, despite the bad weather.
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"The snow fell, the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up, but the staff at Endike Community Care braved these conditions to make sure the people that use their service, who couldn't get out, were safe and had enough food."
Staff at the centre were given donations by Sainsbury's, Heron Frozen Foods and Aladdin's Cave, allowing deliveries were made to Orchard Park and north Hull estate.
Cllr Kirk said: "It was just another service offered from Endike Community Care.
"To them, 'thank you, not only for the work you do in your centre but for your community.'"
Eileen Wright, manager of Endike Community Care, said: "It was very cold out and about.
"But I have a great team of staff who didn't complain once about trudging through the snow.
"North Hull has a fantastic community spirit. We saw it in the floods of 2007 and we are seeing it again. It was lovely to see people working together."
Eileen said she was humbled to see the response from Heron Frozen Foods staff.
She said: "We were told, as a business, they don't give to charities.
"But that didn't stop staff have a whip-round and buying some tins of soup and other items for food hampers."
Eileen said staff rang every sick or elderly person in their address book, often followed up with a visit.
"People were really pleased to see us," she said.
"Hampers included basic items, such as breadcakes, milk, tea and sugar.
The team is on stand-by in case the snow returns.
"We are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and we'll be out again, if needs be," she said.
Endike Community Care formed more than 20 years ago and is part-funded by social services to care for the disabled and elderly.