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Aspire Ryde volunteers delivering toys and food hampers to Dover Park Primary

Aspire Ryde was able to help 38 families in need this Christmas through the donation of a food hamper, as part of the charity’s ‘Food for Thought’ campaign.

In the week leading up to Christmas a team of volunteers quietly collected and sorted through food amassed from people undertaking reverse advent, students from Ryde Academy and other donations from supermarkets and shops. A number of toys were also collected.

Working with a variety of partners, the volunteers were able to deliver hampers to families in poverty, struggling families of veterans and homeless people – even the Police and local support workers joined in with delivering food to those in need.

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Shane and Louise Randal, who coordinated the collections at Aspire, said:

“We knew that local people would want to make sure others in need had something at Christmas, and of course the Island community quietly answered this call showing their ability to help those most in need. We are thrilled with the response”.

Aspire’s Heath Monaghan said:

“We’ve seen a huge amount of food, gifts and toys pass through Aspire Ryde that have been channeled towards those most in need through our partners of professionals, schools and direct to our clients. It all helps to ease the pain of poverty.

“However, this isn’t just something for Christmas – Aspire feeds the homeless and vulnerable throughout the year and redistributes food through Aspire’s food for free project, community larder & community café”.

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