15 Dec Supporting the Local Community
This year has been a difficult one for us all, but for some it has been made even more difficult due to limited access to local food banks, support groups and community help. There have been lots of amazing volunteering groups who have gone out of their way to still support those vulnerable people in the community. Our teams have seen some of the great work that has been happening in our local areas and we have chosen to support three great causes this Christmas.
CATCH 22 Brasserie in North Wales.
The popular restaurant based in Valley have had a difficult year as all hospitality has but that hasn’t stopped them in supporting their local community. They have been producing fresh meals and volunteers have been distributing food to those vulnerable or self-isolating. We have donated to Catch 22 this Christmas and our donation means they can provide Christmas meals to be delivered to vulnerable people in their community. The meals will be delivered Christmas Eve to spread some festive cheer!
The New Life Community Larder, based in Sleaford Lincolnshire.
New Life Community Larder is Sleaford’s very own food bank providing 3 days’ worth of emergency food for local people in financial hardship. It is supported entirely by volunteers and donations from local schools, churches and businesses. During Covid they have been continuing their support to the local community, schools and those in need by way of support and food parcels. We have decided to donate to support their fantastic Christmas campaign. They will be offering those vulnerable a Christmas eve food parcel with extra special treats and gifts. They are also organising a Christmas meal delivery for 200 people who are lonely, isolating or extremely clinically vulnerable. Their team of around 50 volunteers will help organise the meals.
The Grantham Passage, based in Grantham in Lincolnshire
The Grantham Poverty Concern – Grantham Passage was created to support the homeless and vulnerable of Grantham and surrounding local areas. ‘The Passage’ offers an open door policy within a safe meeting place offering company, access to support, warm clothing and food parcels in various Churches in the area, 365 days of the year. However due to a difficult year with Covid restrictions, the service has now been reduced to weekly food and essential item parcels. This Christmas the team are hoping to feed around 140 clients on Christmas Day due to their client base increasing by 500% since COVID. The charity is funded entirely by volunteers and donations. We chose to donate to their worthy fund and hope that those vulnerable people will appreciate a little festive cheer this Christmas.
On behalf of the Affinity teams at RAF Valley, RAFC Cranwell and RAF Barkston Heath, we wish everyone involved a great Christmas and congratulate the three organisations on their fantastic efforts during this difficult period.