Dear Kingscote Community!
It is safe to say we have all experienced one of the most difficult years in living memory. Whether it has been protecting our own health, impact to our jobs, or attempting to home school for the first time, 2020 has brought many unknown challenges for everyone.
I for one have found the lockdown restrictions much easier from living in such an idyllic village location. It is a very special area of natural beauty with such a caring community and I feel fortunate to have spent so much of the year at home in the countryside.
In the UK, many have unfortunately suffered a much greater impact due to the continued restrictions and health implications of Covid-19. Currently, more than 14 million people are living in poverty, of which 4.5 million are children and this number is continuously rising.
Foodbanks support those who have been referred in crisis, which is even more widespread in 2020. They offer aid through both food donations and food vouchers, along with a broader network to help people break free from poverty.
This winter, I am asking for the support of our community to give back to those less fortunate. I am sure you may be making your own charitable contribution, but if you would like to make even a small donation to the local foodbank, this will be a small step we can all make together to aid those less fortunate.
To make this easier, I will be collecting donated items and/or funds to transport to the local foodbank. Drop off slots at Kingscote Village Hall will allow a safe area to do this but we welcome donations directly to our home for anyone who cannot make these timings.
I hope you will be able to offer your support to this vital charity scheme and wish you all the best ahead of the festive season!
Roxy Knights (the pregnant girl with the springer spaniel!)
Drop off options:
Kingscote Village Hall, Thursday 3rd December: 12-2pm / 6-7pm. Alternative drop off: 8 Kingscote (on the road leading into the village from Matara, house is located directly next to the disabled parking space marked on the road).
Please do not donate after 11am Friday 4th December. Funds should be given in cash in a sealed envelope.
Christmas shopping hamper donations: Sweets or chocolates, luxury crisps, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies, hot chocolate, nuts, gravy granules, savoury crackers, tinned ham, dried stuffing, Christmas preserves.
Everyday essential items: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans & pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk, fruit juice.
Hygiene essential items: Toiletries – deodorant, shower gel, toilet paper, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes. Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid. Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons. Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food. Face masks and hand sanitiser.