Our annual charity
We have decided to support a charity on an annual basis and for 2017/18 we have chosen Esher & District Citizens Advice Bureau. A link to their website, setting out how they help local residents in Elmbridge can be found here. Many people may be surprised to discover that this organisation is a charity reliant on fund-raising. We will be asking for donations for concert programmes this year which we will pass on to the charity.
At Christmas 2016 we made up some hampers to donate to the local food bank for the first time. Choir members were happy to support this initiative in 2017 and a very large collection of items were donated.
The 2017 hampers were given to the foodbank run by St Saviours Church in Sunbury (local to one of our committee members). Hamper donations were specifically requested from suggestions listed by local foodbanks and the wisdom of this was indicated in this excerpt from the note of thanks from St Saviours: “The toiletries were very gratefully received as luxuries for Christmas which (local families) would not otherwise have had. The essentials such as nappies were even more gratefully received – they are expensive and were such a bonus for young families who are short of money and cannot normally afford them”
Below are pictures from 2016 when one of our committee members, Pauline Terry, took hampers to the East Elmbridge Foodbank and met some of the helpers there.
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