Heroic award for Irons Foodbank man


John Ratomski, third left, received an heroic award

Irons Supporting Foodbanks received mixed success as finalists at the Annual Awards in East London hosted by Rotary Stratford including an heroic award for West Ham United Foodbank man John Ratmoski.

Heroic award for Irons Foodbank man

ISF were again finalists and received a Highly Commended acknowledgement in the Outstanding Initiative in Community Cohesion category, the same as in 2022.

Better success came to ISF founder John Ratomski, who received the East London Community Hero of the Year 2023 Award.

ISF are shortlisted for another award, which they won last year, in the Newham Chamber Business Awards, for Civic and Community Engagement which takes place at Stratford Town Hall on 23rd November.

Since they began almost four years ago, ISF have delivered over £1 million of new clothes for homeless groups in the Newham, east London and Essex areas, and several £100,000’s of food and seasonal chocolates to local foodbanks, all with the support and backing of West Ham fans, who, as supporters, support their local community more that any other club supporters group in the country.

West Ham United recognised Ratomski’s work earlier this year with a One of Our Own Award, and his own player’s squad number, 95.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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