Community continues to support foodbank through COVID

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Children from Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme with their donations for Lyme Regis Foodbank

LYME Regis Foodbank has thanked staff and children from Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme for making much-needed donations as part of their harvest festival.

Despite the current COVID-19 regulations, the school managed to hold a virtual version of its usual harvest festival at Uplyme Church. Children from Robins Class brought in items of food while the rest of the school donated small amounts of change.

The class carefully selected items they thought would be needed by the foodbank and then spent £35 in the village shop on additional items.

The remaining £100 collected was donated directly to Lyme Regis Foodbank, run by LymeForward.

Volunteers have also thanked local photographer Rob Coombe, who is selling a book of local portraits taken during the first lockdown period in aid of the foodbank.

The photographs were taken under socially distanced conditions and capture local people as they coped with the challenges the lockdown brought to their everyday life.

Rob commented: “I had visions of a project of lots of people essentially trapped in their homes it evolved into a testament to the people of Lyme Regis and how they rallied to help each other.”

The portraits show everything from people in their homes to Zoom dance classes, and free dinners being delivered to NHS workers.

Printer Adrian Wood and his Dorchester-based company Advantage Digital Print provided all the typesetting and initial publicity copies free of charge and all profits from sales will go to support the foodbank.

The book is available to order by emailing Rob at info@robcoombe.co.uk priced at £10 or £12.50 for a personalised copy for those who feature in the book.

Finally, LymeForward would like to thank members of Turn Lyme Green for their generous support which has enabled the foodbank to reduce its reliance on plastic bags and use purpose-made recyclable bags on a weekly basis to provide and deliver food to residents in the local community.

A spokesperson said: “We very much appreciate the support of Polly Benfield and Liz Davies in setting up the initiative and wish to say a special thank you to Rose May who hand made so many bags specially designed for the foodbank.

“The bags are a vibrant green colour made from hard-wearing fabric donated by Cameron Balloons LTD in Bristol.”

LymeForward chairman Sue Davies recently took delivery of the bags from Rose May.

The spokesperson added: “They have already been put to good use with the advantages very evident and ultimately, they make a big difference for our volunteers and clients in doing their bit to reduce single use plastic.”

As an essential service, the foodbank continues to operate through the current lockdown restrictions, open every Wednesday to those who need help at The Hub in Church Street from 10am to 12noon.

Throughout the crisis, volunteers have already seen an increase in numbers needing help and they expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future.

A spokesperson for the foodbank said: “As ever the local communities are continuing to demonstrate their immense generosity with donations of both food and cash for which we cannot say thank you enough.”

The foodbank is always in need of the following items:

  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Tinned cold meat
  • Custard
  • Rice pudding
  • Sweet spreads (jam, etc.)
  • Savoury spreads (Shiphams paste, etc.)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Washing up liquid and washing power/tablets

Food donations can be made at the Coop in Lyme Regis or at The Hub on Monday or Tuesday mornings. Cash donations can also be made in person at The Hub on these mornings or cheques can be posted to LymeForward, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3BS.

For more information, contact manager@lymeforward.com or call 07955 772 314 or 01297 441224.

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About Francesca Evans 2622 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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