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GREAT EFFORT: Hemel teenager cycled 100 miles to raise funds for community fridge

 Published on: 22nd July 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 16-year-old boy from Hemel Hempstead who volunteers at the local community fridge has been named a local hero.

On July 10, Jamie Land, from Chaulden set off with Kish Modhwadia – his local postmaster – to cycle 100 miles to Atherstone to raise money for the Hemel Hempstead Community Fridge.

The community fridge, located at the Highfield Community Centre, was set up in February this year with the aim of saving food from going to landfill.

Sue Ferguson, who co-ordinates the volunteers, spoke about Jamie to HEMELnews. She said: “Jamie comes along with another regular volunteer Mandy Taylor.

“He is our local hero, very keen, very passionate about helping other people and I have only met him a couple of times. After his first session he knew he was doing a bike ride and he wanted to try and use it to raise money for the fridge.

“A lot of the support has come from his local community; he did the bike ride with the postmaster in Chaulden and a couple of his friends.”

Speaking about the work they do at the community fridge, she added: “We have food donated to us by local supermarkets, other local businesses and also private individuals as long as it is unopened. 

“We open the fridge every Wednesday at Saturday mornings, between 11 and 1. We get together, pick up the donated food earlier on the days and then we sort all the food. People queue up and collect it, it’s completely random, our food is for everybody not just for people in need.”

For more information visit Hemel Hempstead Community Fridge on Facebook, and to donate go to paypal.me/hemelfridge

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