End of year Newsletter

Harvest Festival

HarvestOnce again we have been delighted by the generosity of the people of Winchester who have given so graciously. We have received around 60 donations from local schools, churches, uniformed organisations, business and shops. Waitrose arranged a one day special collection and customers gave an extra 30+ crates of food, in addition to their regular weekly collection. We also continued to receive donations from Sainsbury, Tesco, Alresford Co-op and many other regular donors. The shelves are now well stocked to tide us over into 2018. Thank you all so much for everything you gave.

Listed below are things we often run out of through the year.

 Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
 Tinned fruit, Tinned custard
 Squash, Long life fruit juices and milk
 Marmite
 Shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
 Corned beef, Tinned ham
 Tinned meat such as minced beef and onions or chicken in white sauce

New Satellite in Stanmore

We are now even more accessible! St Luke’s Church, Mildmay Street, Stanmore is the new location for our latest satellite. It is open every Friday from 10:30-12:30 except Friday 22nd December.

Christmas

We have been so pleased to receive many delicious Christmas items, such as chocolates, cakes, Christmas puddings and mince pies, all of which are now being given out to clients facing hardship at the time of year. We have also received a number of toys and other gifts which have enabled families to enjoy Christmas and give a special gift to their children. Once again we thank each one of you for giving so generously.

Awards

volunteersWe have been please to recognise so many of our volunteers this year for the wonderful service to Winchester Basics Bank. 14 of our volunteers have given 5 or more years’ continuous service and each was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of all they have done for us throughout their time. We are so grateful for their loyalty and excellent service

Fundraising

Your regular financial donations will help us to continue helping the many people we have supported over the years. We support 2500-3000 people every year, including hundreds of children. Please help us to carry on this vital work. By giving via our “my donate” page here. https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/winchesterbasicsbank
If you regularly shop on line then using Give as You Live will ensure a  donation to us. https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/winchester-basics-bank/ec146357