On Saturday 29 March and Sunday 30 March, we will be holding a food collection outside the Waitrose supermarket in Weeke. Please support us, either by volunteering to hand out shopping lists at the door or by donating an item of food to the collection. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two on either day, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We were delighted to welcome around 80 guests to a reception in the north transept of the Cathedral to mark this ‘bittersweet’ occasion. It was lovely to meet supporters, trustees and volunteers (past and present) and an honour to be joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester, Ernie and Barbara Jeffs, and MP, Steve Brine. A celebration cake was cut by manager, Frances Rogers, and long-serving volunteer, Renee Bowe, before we joined the packed Cathedral for a very uplifting Unity Service which focussed on the work of Basics Bank and the Street Pastors. We are so grateful to the local churches, schools, businesses and numerous individuals who have supported us with donations of food, clothing, time and money. We couldn’t have done it without you – so THANK YOU!
A Date for Your Diary
Our AGM will take place on Wednesday 26 March at 13:00 in the Pastoral Centre, St Peter’s Church, Jewry Street, Winchester. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
More Thank Yous
The run up to Christmas was incredibly busy for us. Not only did we receive support from the usual quarters, but local businesses held some special events to help us out. Sainsbury’s customers, local churches and the pupils of Henry Beaufort School boosted supplies of everyday food items and added chocolates, biscuits, mince pies and puddings for a touch of sparkle for Christmas. The Myers Touch in Kings Worthy held a special Christmas event for their customers, tradesmen and suppliers which raised £245. Staff at IBM, Hursley set up their own food collection point. So much food was donated that they were able to deliver a car load to us and one to the food bank in Southampton as well. Support of a completely different kind appeared courtesy of Hampshire Chronicle readers, who responded in their hundreds to the Giving Tree Appeal. We were literally overwhelmed with over 400 toys and gifts which we were able to distribute to our clients with their food parcels. Many were reduced to tears when we asked them to come and choose something for each of their children – it was pretty emotional for us too!