Launched in March 2006, The Besom in Runnymede aims to serve members and groups from local churches and a number of our Church members are actively involved on a regular basis.
Poverty, isolation, abuse, ill health, injustice, homelessness: we all see the sharp inequalities of life around us and the devastating impacts they have on people’s lives. Many of us want to do something, to get involved but we don’t always know how. The Besom exists to help you make a difference to the lives of others and to make it easy for you to do so.
At surface level Runnymede appears to be an affluent area, but there are many who are vulnerable, and in need through situations such as isolation, poverty, ill health, homelessness and domestic violence.
The Besom in Runnymede helps Christians to make a difference. This can be done through practical projects such as gardening, decorating, cleaning or through giving good quality items such as, furniture, white goods, clothes, kitchen equipment, groceries, and other household items. Our van goes out on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday’s to collect and deliver such items. There are also occasional van runs on a Saturday.
Since our launch, items which have been given include, clothes, wardrobes, beds and bedding, washing machines, cookers, fridges, TV’s, dining tables, chairs, microwaves, sofas, starter packs (crockery, cutlery, kettles and toaster), groceries (non perishable, dried and tinned items, tea, coffee etc), computer tables, bicycles and places on children’s holiday camps!
Groups of people (home groups, ladies/men’s groups, friends) get involved in decorating, cleaning and gardening for those in need. Recipients include, the elderly, disabled or those returning home from hospital, single parent families, those escaping domestic violence, to other vulnerable individuals. Not only are homes or gardens transformed when a group gives a day, but there is a tangible difference to the quality of lives for all of those involved (both givers and recipients)!