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Heading for the Top


Heading for the Top

Noreen to take on Snowdon


Noreen Sumra, Chair of the Trustees at Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF), is putting her foot in it, or, more accurately, putting her feet in it, and hopes to raise a lot of money in the process …

She’s climbing 3,560 feet to the top of Mount Snowdon to help raise money for WBAF’s work helping vulnerable families in Westminster find ways to turn their lives around.

“I’m a regular and keen walker,’ she said, ‘but I haven’t done a challenge like this for a few years. So I decided September 5th is the day and climbing Snowdon is the first step to me eventually climbing the three peaks.”

Along with Snowdon, the three peaks are Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland and Scafell Pike the highest point in the Lake District. She makes no promises about when she will get around to climbing the other two peaks but is determined to get Snowdon under her belt. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year; joining WBAF has been the motivation I needed to get going with it.”

Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and was used by famed climber Edmund Hillary to train for his Mount Everest expedition. Noreen will be using the 735 feet high Box Hill in Surrey as her training ground.

If you want to make sure Noreen doesn’t get hot, sweaty, sore, blistering feet for nothing and want to help a very worthwhile cause in the process, please donate whatever you can afford by clicking on our donate page here:  http://www.befriendafamily.co.uk/donate/.

Thank You.


westminster foodbank

Westminster Befriend a Family works with local foodbank

 westminster foodbankWestminster Befriend a Family (WBAF) is a referrer for the Westminster Foodbank.

WBAF is working with Westminster Chapel, who set up the initiative, to alleviate hunger faced by the poorer residents of Westminster.

Foodbanks provide three days’ worth of food in exchange for a voucher.  Westminster Foodbank supplies these vouchers to its partner organisations who give them to clients who have been assessed.  Foodbanks are designed as a short-term solution only, and partner organisations work with clients to deal with clients’ longer term requirements.

“We are excited about this initiative that Westminster Chapel has set up. Not being able to feed your family is sadly becoming more common.  We are grateful to those who have donated food, and those that have donated their time to help out at the foodbank. It’s great when the community pulls together to tackle a pressing need especially in the light of the economic crisis,” said Jacqueline Crooks, Director of Westminster Befriend a Family.

The Westminster Foodbank is open on Mondays between 2 and 4pm and Thursdays between 11am and 1pm.

Westminster Foodbank at Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BS Tel: 020 7834 1731 x 243. Email: foodbank@westminsterchapel.org.uk


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