Blacon Beacon is a food charity which exists entirely for the benefit of Blacon residents. Registered with the Charity Commission as 'Pantry for Blacon' CIO registration number 1183763. We're based at Holy Trinity Church hall and we're delighted to introduce to you our project manager, Kerry. We have fantastic volunteers working for us, who help with stock taking, serving food, and welcoming members to Blacon Beacon, but we're always on the look out for more volunteers, so please get in touch if you can help.
Meet the Staff:
Project Manager - Kerry Cook
"Furloughed from my regular job, I started volunteering with the brilliant Blacon Action Team here at Holy Trinity and Western Avenue back in May, packing food parcels as part of the Covid-19 response for Blacon. As we get off the ground, the project has the potential to offer so much more for this community in the future and
I can't wait to see where it takes us. Thank you for your support!"
Co-Project Manager - Cat Davis
"I've been getting to know Blacon over the last 4 years but finally moved here in September 2020 and found myself in another lockdown season! I helped co-organise a local Art Trail in Blacon in the Easter Holidays and through that I got to know Beacon Trustees Tina and Sheila. I was really excited to join the team here part-time alongside Kerry this Summer. So much great stuff is coming out of here and it's really good to be a part of it."
Support Worker - Georgia Gough
Georgia has been at Blacon Beacon from the start and splits her time between assisting with Beacon projects and activities and also running one on one sessions with Blacon residents, whether its helping them with digital skills, getting online, finding a job, brushing up on their English or having a tea or a chat! Having grown up in Blacon, Georgia is excited to see how the area and its community members develop and prosper! If you’re interested in a session with Georgia, you can get in touch on our contact page.
Sheila's lived in Blacon for more than 30 years and was elected as a Councillor for the Blacon ward in 2019.
Tina Upton is Chair of Trustees. She has been the Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Blacon since 2012, and she is passionate about supporting the local community and people in need. She is married with three grown up children and two grandchildren.
Jen De Leie
Jen has lived in Blacon for four years and is married with one son. She's come to live in Chester after living on a narrow-boat and also volunteers at The Boat Museum and The Hospice of the Good Shepherd. She loves helping the community in and around where she lives.
Originally from London, Ed and his wife have lived and worked in Blacon since 2002 running children’s and youth clubs and he is really passionate about the community. Ed is a Baptist minister with HBC Chester and Blacon Central.