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Philanthropist in need of bigger workspace


RACHELLE AGARD

Philanthropist in need of bigger workspace
Sharon Bellamy-Thompson (left), her mother Maureen Bellamy (right) and others preparing to hand out care packages. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

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Philanthropist Sharon Bellamy-Thompson needs a new building to continue her operation.

“Going forward I would love a building where I can house and do everything. Where I live is too small for the operation. I do 110 lunches per day. When I started out it was 30 then it went to 50 and now it is 110. I also do a breakfast programme every day, so a bigger space is needed,” she told the MIDWEEK NATION.

On Saturday, she distributed 50 hampers to those in need in various communities across the island. One of those hampers was specially packaged for Hugh Hill, 58, and his son Gabrielle Aimey-Hill, 23, of Carrington Village, St Michael. The two men are living in poor conditions after their home was gutted by fire 15 years ago and they never got any assistance in rebuilding it. They were highlighted in last weekend’s SATURDAY SUN.

The areas Bellamy-Thompson visited included Christ Church, Holetown and Forde’s Road, with the majority of packages being distributed in St Michael.

Bellamy-Thompson, who has been helping those in need for more than 25 years, said with the added pressure of the national two-week pause, the need for assistance had increased.

“During this lockdown period I have been asked for a lot of assistance by persons who were referred to me and who I know personally. There are other persons since the lockdown with eight and nine children and nobody in the house is working so there has been a greater need,” she said. (RA)