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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

In times such as these, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the hard bits, the fear, the sensationalised stories and constant streams of statistics. But the above quote from Fred Rogers is such an uplifting one and reminds us that there is always hope. No matter what the crisis, there will always be those prepared to help.

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Over the weekend we’ve been part of a committee in our home city to quickly roll out a vital campaign to help Winchester Basics Bank who have found themselves urgently needing food to support those in need.

Winchester Basics Bank provides emergency food to those who really need it in our local community. As with many charities and not-for-profit organisations, they have seen a sharp rise in demand for their services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Whilst our business usually finds us working away online, this one is very much out in the community. We are delighted to be part of the team of volunteers who have offered to help meet the demand for food donations by collecting them from the local people over the next fortnight.

The volunteers at Winchester Round Table have risen to the challenge and within just 24 hours they rolled out their #GiveShareFeed campaign. After asking Santa very nicely, they have secured the use of Winchester Santa Sleigh (another of WRT’s charitable initiatives) to collect donated goods in the locality.  

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Winchester Basics Bank’s aim is to be able to provide emergency food parcels for those in need, with enough tinned and dried food for seven days. So any donations will be going to very grateful individuals and families who really do need it the most.

If you’re local to us here in Winchester, you may be wondering:

  • What food can I donate?
  • How will it be collected?
  • What routes will the sleigh be covering and when?

For more information including the answers to all these questions, head over to winchesterroundtable.co.uk. You can also find them on social media @winchesterroundtable for live updates.

If this coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, it’s how inspiring and generous our local communities can be. Look for the helpers. And if you are able, join them.

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