On Friday 24th March 2023, many Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project service users attended our Food for Thought event. This event was part of our energy/fuel assistance programme and was held at St Johns Methodist Church, Wolverhampton.
Sickle cell and Thalassaemia blood conditions can be difficult to manage. They require good nutrition, regular medical care and frequent hospital visits. The cost-of-living crisis meant many families were struggling with purchasing nutrient-rich foods and keeping their homes warm.
Our Food for Thought Event supported those affected by Sickle cell and Thalassaemia blood disorders with the cost of buying nutritious food by offering free food parcels. These food parcels contained fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, pasta, grains and cereals.
At this event, we also offered advice on how to save money and reduce energy bills. Warmer Homes, West Midlands offered practical tips on how to reduce energy bills such as applying for government grants, installing insulation and using radiator reflector panels. These tips can be incredibly helpful for families affected by sickle cell and thalassaemia, as they are more vulnerable to cold temperatures and require additional heating to stay comfortable.
Our Food for Thought Event offered a welcoming and supportive environment for families to come together and connect with others who understand what they are going through. They were able to offer each other advice and support which can be crucial in helping those managing the conditions feel less alone.
Following this event we were able to provide 56 families with food parcels, providing extra to those most in need.
"My family is currently homeless and money is very tight. The food pack was used to feed my family"- Parent an affected child, Wolverhampton
"The food parcel support helped in sustaining my family such as cereals, tinned food, vegetables, grains & fruit drink"- Parent of an affected child, Wolverhampton
Thank you to the National Grid, St Johns Methodist Church, Warmer Homes West Midlands and all volunteers for making this event and the food parcels possible.