Over 18,000 care kits, 15,000 food boxes, and 2,450 Christmas-themed food parcels have been delivered to individuals, families, and organisations across the UK, including Liverpool, by the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), in the charity’s efforts to address some of our society’s biggest challenges in 2021. The RRT is a supporter of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, and works with local community groups to address food poverty.
The charity, compromised of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is dedicated to supporting local communities, by participating in a wide range of activities, including assisting the emergency services during major incidences, combating homelessness and food poverty, and providing resources for vulnerable children.
Over the last year, the RRT has worked with organisations across the country to help those in need and make a difference in local communities, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Fans Supporting Foodbanks, NHS ambulance trusts, fire and rescue services, and more.
Throughout 2021, the RRT has provided 18,927 care kits to front line workers containing a range of self-care items as a way of thanking their extraordinary efforts this year. The charity has also donated 336 baby care kits for new parents who are struggling financially, which include nappies, wet wipes, baby shampoo, and more to support their transition into parenthood.
The RRT has also collaborated with OneSchool Global to provide over 1,400 education boxes to less fortunate school children, providing snacks and learning materials to ensure they can focus while in school through the charity’s Early Bird Learning Programme.
In Liverpool, the RRT has supported the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to fundraise for important causes, and worked with other local community groups to address food insecurity and support vulnerable families.
As we look ahead to 2022, the charity aims to continue supporting vulnerable people across the UK and helping to address some in light of COVID-19 and beyond.
Rod Buckley, Director at the Rapid Relief Team UK, said, “The past year has continued to be exceptionally busy for the Rapid Relief Team, with the impacts of COVID-19 still being felt across the UK. We are grateful to our exceptional volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to supporting those most in need in 2021.
“However, our work is not complete. We will need to redouble our efforts to support key workers and emergency services, just as they have done so for the wider community this winter. Community spirit has been critical in the UK’s determination to combat the impacts of COVID-19, and for us, the community is core to the work we do.”