Poetry anthology raises funds for Colchester Foodbank

Colchester Foodbank have received a donation of £400 following sales of a book aimed at raising money for homeless charities in the town.

Alice Goss’ ‘Without Walls’ book – an anthology of new poetry works in aid of Colchester’s Homeless is available for sale at Red Lion Bookshop, Colchester.

Alice said: “Without Walls was a labour of love taking two year’s work and considerable time and effort from everyone who has contributed to this book compiled. You can discover the history of Colchester through poetry and verse in ‘Without Walls’, which contains 250 pages of poetry, photos, illustrations and articles.”

Nearly all the poems in the book are accompanied by either a photograph, illustration or historical article.

Michael Beckett, Foodbank Manager at Colchester Foodbank, said: “We are really amazed at how generous local people like Alice have been with their time and effort. This is a lovely book and we are delighted and very thankful for the support we have been given by Alice and her team.”

The proceeds from the sale of the book go towards supporting Colchester’s homeless charities, a number of different agencies in Colchester that have benefited from this project, including the Foodbank which Alice visited to make the £400 donation.

The book features poems about Colchester Castle, Boudica, the Siege, Battle of the Headgate, Minories, Jumbo Water Tower and many more historical attractions in the town.

Poems by Luke Wright, Kit Wright, David Canning, Martin Newell, Mike Harwood plus many more local and recognised poets feature and have been described as the ‘history of Colchester in verse’.

Michael added: “This is the busiest time of year for the Foodbank, December usually has twice as much food donated as a normal month, twice as many clients and twice as many general inquiries.

“We are seeing an increase in demand for our service following the full roll-out of Universal Credit, so are looking carefully at how best to meet the needs of our clients and we are considering opening on Saturdays next year to help meet the demand for our service.”

The £400 donation has been put towards Colchester Foodbank charity’s Food HQ premises fund launched earlier this year, so far has raised £33,204.