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Portland Food Bank continue to be extremely grateful for the support for our Food Bank from the people of Chesil Bank. Without your generosity, we just couldn't help so many people on Portland on a weekly basis.

We hesitate to ask for help yet again but this year, of all years, with rising unemployment and increasing fear for the future, we would like to be able to offer our clients a little bit of hope and joy during the Christmas season. Our aim ism to provide a traditional Christmas lunch on Christmas Day, in addition to our usual weekly support.

We currently have approximately 70 clients, a mixture of single people (the majority), couples and families.

We are hoping to provide various sizes of Christmas boxes which will contain such Christmas staples as a Chicken or Turkey, vegetables, stuffing etc, plus a Christmas pudding, custard and mince pies and a few nibbles for the day.

As this initiative would be in addition to our normal weekly food requirement, we are setting up a scheme, proposed by Margaret, our vicar, inviting the local community to donate the cost of providing the Christmas Day meal for a family. We have calculated that the funding required would be approximately:

 •. £10 donation for a Christmas lunch for 1 to 2 people

 •  £15 donation for 3 to 4 people, and

 •  £20 donation for over 5 people

We are looking to raise £1,000 which would provide a traditional Christmas lunch for all our regular clients.

We are therefore asking the residents of Chesil Bank to consider making a donation to cover the cost for a meal for those less fortunate at this special time of year, knowing that, due to your generosity, as you are sitting eating your Christmas meal, another family is doing the same.


Gifts of the above amounts can be made by cash or cheques made payable to "Churches together on Portland". These can be delivered to the Vicarage in Portesham Tel 873978, or delivered/posted to John Mason, Brookside, Waddon, Dorset DT3 4ER.

Alternatively, you can donate direct via online banking, details are:

Account Name  -  Churches together on Portland

Sort Code. -  30.99.56

Account No. -  02119255

Please put "Christmas Lunch Box" in the reference box with your online payment.

Donations are ideally required by the 7th of December to enable the Foodbank to pre order the necessary food.

We do hope that you will feel able to support us in this initiative. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and to thank you for your continued weekly support.

It is very much appreciated.

John Mason

Tel 871117