With the help of a crucial grant from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, Lyme Regis Foodbank were able to provide Christmas gift bags to 38 young people in our community.
Local primary schools identified young people who would benefit from a little extra support at Christmas time and we provided gift bags with age appropriate gifts, fruit and seasonal chocolates.
The number of local children receiving School Food Vouchers and categorised as Premium Pupils increased in 2021 and we were keen to support children and their families identified as disadvantaged and in need of support for non-academic issues that impact success at school.
The aim of the project was to help make positive memories at Christmas time and to make a difference to the children and their families, who are finding it challenging to cope with the impact of rising fuel and food costs, the end of furlough and the Universal Credit Uplift.
Joanna Boyce, Lyme Regis Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “The Christmas period was a very busy one and we put together, wrapped and delivered bags of gifts and Christmas treats for 38 local primary school children in the last week of term.
“Many thanks to our volunteers who put in extra time and a lot of good humour to help with the wrapping!
“We also delivered 13 Christmas hampers to The Woodroffe School. These hampers contained everything for Christmas Day – breakfast, lunch and tea plus treats and crackers.
“Again, our thanks go to the volunteers for their help in putting together the hampers, the school for their organisation of the delivery and many businesses and individuals who donated items for the hampers.
“Particular mention should go to Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee for their grant, Lyme Regis Butchers for providing the turkeys, Lyme Regis Community Support for their financial donations and Tom’s Restaurant for a hundred mince pies!