Supporters boost food bank
Thanks to the generosity of club members and supporters a Canterbury charity has been given a wonderful Christmas present. The chair of Canterbury Food Bank went to our pre-match lunch on December 10th expecting to pick up a cheque for £500. By the time the meal was over the amount had risen to £6000. A charity auction raised £1500 and that was boosted by individual donations which included two single gifts of £1000.
At the lunch, attended by over 200 club supporters, the Food Bank’s Martin Ward said: “I was amazed at the generosity of these big-hearted people living in the local community.“We were delighted with the £500 donation – I really didn’t expect to leave with twelve times that amount.
“The Cost of Living Crisis has brought extraordinary new pressures on the people we help. But with donations like this, we will get through it together and make sure no one goes without food.”
The charity, which serves Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, and surrounding villages, provided enough food in the past year to make 96,450 meals for people in the district suffering financial difficulty.
Club Chairman Giles Hilton said: “As a club, we like to feel that we are a big part of the local community of Canterbury. It was important that in these difficult times we support in as many ways as we can. Canterbury Food Bank is just a superb part of the same community and we are delighted to have been able to support on this occasion.“