Basingstoke Ladies Choir support the Foodbank
On Friday 2nd February members of the Basingstoke Ladies choir visited the Basingstoke Foodbank to present a cheque to Paula Vallance, the Operations and Development Manager who was delighted to receive a donation of £1534.15 raised by the choir at their concert at Bishop Challoner School on 10th November where they were joined by members of the school choir.
‘My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening at Bishop Challoner School and we’ve all been delighted by the amount the school and choir raised that evening! 2017 has seen a rise in the number of people in the Basingstoke and Deane region who have required our support. However, our community has risen to the challenge and the donations received have been able to support this increased need. The wonderful sum of money raised by the Basingstoke Ladies Choir from their concert will be used to defray the £20,000 per annum that it costs to keep the Foodbank open in Sarum Hill.’ (Paula Vallance, Operations and Development Manager).
In 2017 over 3,600 people have been given 3 day’s worth of emergency food, including over 1,100 children. This is an average of 300 clients per month.
The Basingstoke Foodbank is now in its sixth year of operation, having first opened its doors in Sarum Hill in October 2012. The centre is open from 10.30 to 12.30 on Mondays and 10.30 to 14.30 on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Foodbank works on a pre-authorised voucher system. The Foodbank is partnered with over 70 local third party professional agencies who hold a book of Foodbank vouchers. If an agency judges that a client of theirs is in danger of going hungry, they will issue a voucher, to be redeemed at the Foodbank, for a three day supply of nutrious food. When the client arrives with a voucher at the Foodbank, they are welcomed with a hot drink and refreshments and a listening ear from one of the Foodbank’s volunteers who may be able to signpost the client to other support services to help the client in addition to handing over the food parcel. The Foodbank is staffed by one paid member of staff ably supported by more than 50 local volunteers. Several members of the Basingstoke ladies Choir volunteer at the Foodbank including Ruth Jones pictured on the left.
Basingstoke Ladies Choir support many local charities during the year. Their next concert will be ‘ A Celebration of Life and Love’ on 28th April at the Carnival Hall when the choir will be raising funds for St Michael's Hospice. Tickets are £12 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets from Margaret on 01256 325457, email@example.com or Dawson’s Music Shop Festival Place.
Further details about choir events can be found on www.basingstokeladieschoir.co.uk
Further information about the Foodbank can be found at www.basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk