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Portland Foodbank continues to be extremely grateful to the generous people of Chesil Bank, particularly Portesham, for their continuing support. Without your weekly contributions we would have to continually deplete our limited financial resources to support those in need on Portland. 

Many people have asked me whether we are going to repeat last year’s very successful Christmas Lunch Appeal, which you completely funded. For special reasons that I will explain below we have reluctantly decided not to repeat the appeal this year. 

We recently became a formal stand alone Charity under the auspices of the Charity Commission. That means that we, as an organisation, have to spend time reviewing all our processes and policies, such as safeguarding and financial management, to ensure that we comply with all the Charity Commission requirements. 

In addition, we are reviewing our Client referral procedures. We rely on various organisations, such as Citizens Advice and the Local Council to refer our clients to us, to ensure that we reach as many people in need as possible. We are aware that here are many desperate people in genuine need on Portland that we are just not reaching. We are therefore in discussion with Referrers to see how we can improve our service to these vulnerable families and individuals. 

All this means that in addition to providing our twice weekly food collection and delivery service, from St Johns Hall, we are deeply involved in a reorganisation process which will take several months to complete. 

We therefore, very reluctantly decided that we could not repeat the Christmas Lunch Appeal this year but will certainly hope to return to it for Christmas 2022. 

In the meantime, we continue to need your support, particularly through financial donations as well as food. If you feel able to give the Foodbank a donation this Christmas, we will ensure, as ever, that the money is spent totally on relieving hunger on Portland. 

To remind you, our bank details are :-

Account Name – Churches together on Portland.

Sort Code – 30-99-56    Account Number 02119255

Please mark your donation “Chesil for Portland” so that our Treasurer can keep a record of your donations. 

Thank you all so much, the relationship between Chesil Bank and the people of Portland is very special indeed.