Can you help us?
We desperately need a replacement van
Mobile Emergency Response Team
During the lockdown we were able to keep one van operating with a reduced crew of two. Our Support Centre and Warehouse teams worked from home to co-ordinate our activities principally delivering emergency beds, starter packs and food parcels to households in need.
From s to the end of June we delivered
89 beds, 54 bedding packs, 36 kitchen packs and 102 food parcels.
We are looking to raise £15,000 to purchase a second hand 3.5 Ford Luton box van and have it sign written
with our CCA logo and details.
If you can help us with any donation, no matter how small...or large, we would be so grateful. We are working our one remaining van very hard to keep our operations going but it would be wonderful to be able to run two vans and help people more quickly, and ease the load on our van crews.
Why is it necessary?
CCA collects and delivers furniture and other items from properties in and around Reading. These items are used to help our clients and to furnish the stock for our furniture shop in Northumberland Avenue.
To do this we normally use two 3.5 Luton box vans. However, we have had to take our VW crafter van off the road as it has failed its MOT after the lockdown, and it is not considered economic to repair it.
This was a difficult decision which has had a major impact on our warehouse vehicle operations. Before the lockdown we would run two vans 4 or 5 days a week; each van doing between 4 and 8 deliveries or collections per day.
With only one van we have lost half our capacity to collect from donors or deliver to clients and customers. We are currently using hire vans for one or two days each week to ease the workload on our remaining van and crew.
Although our crews are working extremely hard we are finding that deliveries are delayed and we are restricted in what we can collect due to the lack of delivery capacity,
In 2019 we collected
3466 items from 723 donors,
and delivered 2618 items
to over 750 customers and clients.
To date in 2020
we have collected
2193 items from 457 donors,
and delivered 1933 items
to over 500 customers and clients.