A fundraising walk for Wymondham Foodbank is taking place on Saturday in memory of Sioban O’Keeffe, who passed away with Covid during lockdown.
Siobhan O’Keeffe was a parishioner of St Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham and a volunteer at the Help Point foodbank, which is based at the church. She died unexpectedly last November after a positive Covid test.
“As a volunteer with our Outreach Project at our foodbank, Siobhan served everyone who requested help with great kindness,” said Arnie McConnell, Coordinator of the Wymondham Outreach Project. “She passionately believed in our obligation to serve the poor and marginalised.”
Siobhan was a team player. She is held in the highest esteem by all who worked with her.”
Her former colleagues at Crown Commercial Service have organised a fundraising walk in her memory. Teams in several places across the country, including Norwich, London, Liverpool and Scotland are taking part and all funds raised will be forwarded to Wymondham Foodbank. More than £1,000 has already been given in advance of the walk.
Customers at the Crown Commercial Service commented that Sioban was “rock solid, full of integrity and had your back”. She would have celebrated a significant birthday on 6 May, which made colleagues think about the idea of a walk to honour her.
Those living too far away to join in one of the existing walks are welcome to create their own route and donate via the JustGiving page. Dogs are welcome on the walks – this was the year Sioban had planned to get a puppy.
The Norwich walk will take place on Saturday August 7, starting at 11am at the office of the Norwich Crown Commercial Service, Roseberry Court, St Andrew’s Business Park, NR7 0HS. Click here for details.
To make a donation, please go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walk
Pictured above is Sioban O’Keeffe and (below) a photo of her from last autumn just before one of her shifts at the foodbank
Eldred Willey, 06/08/2021
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