Marah Trust during Covid-19 Update July 2020

After almost 4 months of pandemic restrictions, Marah is still going! We are still serving hot food in takeaways from the scout hut and our guests greatly appreciate the meals. We are also grateful to the many people who have baked cakes for us to give out. Waitrose and Tesco have been great at giving us their dated fruit and bread which we also give out to supplement our guests’ diets. The food bank let us have food parcels for distribution which keeps the most needy going throughout the week. Our guests can also request milk, tea, coffee, sugar, toiletries, toilet paper and washing pods.

We have seen a rise in the number of people visiting Marah and an increase in new people. Our volunteer numbers have dwindled, with several people unable to help due to medical conditions (or those of their partner). Michael (the drop-in manager) has done an amazing job sorting everything out, managing the volunteers and keeping Marah open.

Our next step is to try and find a way to move back into the scout hut to enable the guests to sit at the tables to eat and to be able to socialise again. The trustees have thought through the socially distanced restrictions and we will shortly do a risk assessment to see if our plans could work. We would love to be back indoors socialising with our guests and doing what Marah does best before the bad weather returns…but we have to ensure everyone’s safety. We are very grateful for all the donations and support we have received. People (like you!) are so very kind. On behalf of our guests …. THANK YOU ! ….for enabling Marah to stay open.

Jacqueline Natt (Chair of Marah trustees)