Volunteers from 3Food4U were proud to remember and honour fallen heroes across the towns and villages across Epping Forest on Remembrance Sunday.

Representatives of the district's largest emergency food agency paid their respects at memorials in Chigwell, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Ongar, North Weald, Epping and Buckhurst Hill.

The wreaths were laid by Sherrie Dobson, Linda Roy, Terry Barnard, Pesh Kapasiawala, Geoff Stoneham, Jackie Bonnick, Keith Dark and Steve Fisher.

It was an emotional day for all involved but especially for Linda Roy.

She said: “It was one of my biggest honours to be able to represent 3Food4U by laying a wreath in the charity’s name at the War Memorial in Waltham Abbey to offer gratitude for the fallen in all wars.

“It was an emotional experience and I was thinking of my dear dad William Harry Staff who had a lifelong passion for the RAF and completed his national service for them. I spoke to a proud veteran who saw active service in Malaya in the Second World War.”

Epping Forest Guardian: Keith Dark at the Epping service.Keith Dark at the Epping service. (Image: 3Food4U)

Keith and Colette Dark attended the Epping memorial service. Keith said: “It was moving to see the continued increase in the number of people in attendance to pay their respect, particularly the increasing number of children participating in the procession and wreath laying.

"As 3Food4U volunteers we were proud to represent our fellow colleagues laying the charity’s wreath of remembrance.”

3Food4U would be delighted to hear from you if your community group, church, school or business would like to work with it to support the community.

Epping Forest Guardian: Jackie Bonnick at the North Weald service.Jackie Bonnick at the North Weald service. (Image: 3Food4U)

The charity continues to urgently need long-life food donations.

These can be dropped of at any of its community surplus hubs, Balgores Estate Agents in Loughton and Ongar or call 01992 842642 to arrange a collection.

The hubs are open as follows:

  • Monday: Waltham Abbey - 13 Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Tuesday: Loughton - Loughton Club, 8 Station Road - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Wednesday: Chigwell Row - All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road - 5pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday: Ongar - Zinc Arts Centre, High Street - 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday: Waltham Abbey - 13, Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm

For further details, visit 3food4u.org, email info.3food4u@gmail.com or call 01992 842642.