Stratford Foodbank receives fantastic £5k donation

Stratford Foodbank are hugely grateful to Stratford Rotary who presented them with an amazing cheque for £5,558 with promises of more to come.

Foodbank Manager Marion Homer was pleased to receive the cheque from Rotary President Cliff Armstrong last week, to show him around their temporary home, generously provided by Stratford Methodist Church, and to pass on her personal thanks.

The social restrictions of a worldwide pandemic has, as with all charities, significantly affected the Foodbank’s ability to raise funds. Fortunately this was only too apparent to their friends at Rotary.

At the start of lockdown Stratford Rotarian Paul Tomlinson sent his fellow Rotarians this simple suggestion;

At this time of crisis we need to help those agencies supporting the most vulnerable in our community - so why don’t we give the money we are saving to the Foodbank?.

Paul had anticipated that the Government’s ‘stay-at-home order’ might mean he and fellow members could be saving a significant amount of money. He was also aware of the irony that others in the town might have to get by on significantly less. Paul never imagined that his simple suggestion would result in Rotary donating over £5,000 to the Stratford Foodbank.

Stratford Foodbank Manager Marion Homer said,

We are so grateful to Rotary and hugely value our relationship with them. It was through the support of organisations like Rotary, that back in 2013, we were able to bring our service to the town in the first place. We so appreciate their continued generosity, compassion and kindness during what has been a very difficult time for many people.”

Not only have Rotary helped the Foodbank, but they also dug deep to raise money for the people affected by the horrific blast in Beirut, sending money direct to the Beirut Rotary group for dispersal to support people in the most effective way.

Much of the Rotary’s charitable donations come from longstanding fundraising events – such as the Annual Half and Full Shakespeare Marathon and the sponsored golf day – which have obviously had to be cancelled this year, leaving them without the £40,000 they would normally anticipate raising. The Duck Race took place in virtual form recently, so they are very grateful to have been able to raise funds from that, at least, this year. Amazingly, Rotary have also been able to support the Shakespeare Hospice and a few other local charities, despite the lack of fundraising opportunities.

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