Firms give to disadvantaged families

Families of 73 disadvantaged children received food hampers thanks to the generosity of Sherborne businesses.

Firms and shopkeepers banded together to produce hampers for disadvantaged children in the local community for Christmas. The hampers included a selection of food and other items to help ensure the children had an enjoyable Christmas this year despite any financial difficulties their families may be facing.

Former Mayor David Birley, Ian Bartle, headteacher of Sherborne Primary School, and deputy head Phil Sales came up with the idea in November and were overwhelmed by the support they received. Twenty local businesses and organisations donated food, money, vouchers and festive treats to provide 73 hampers for families identified by Sherborne Primary as needing an extra helping hand this Christmas.

Ian said: “During these challenging times of a sustained global pandemic, our lovely town including all of the people and businesses within it, have worked together to support our most needy families and children. This is despite huge pressures on our local economy and their own businesses and livelihoods. I am truly humbled by their response and wish to thank each and every one of them for kindly and generously contributing to this worthy cause.”

David said: “In Sherborne we are so lucky to have such a caring and generous community. We all know Christmas can be a difficult time for some families, particularly in this covid year. It has been an extremely hard year for businesses but everyone I approached was keen to help. It has been a privilege to help Ian with this project and work with our community to have made this a special Christmas for these families.”

The local businesses which supported the project are:

Reeve the Baker, J & M Parsons Butchers, Sherborne Market Store, Hunts Foodservice, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Kafe Fontana, Porter

Dodson Solicitors, Boots, Ecco Gelato, Lanham & Francis Chartered Accountants, Austyn’s Antiques, Remous Print, Old Barn Framing Gallery, The Cross Keys Pub, Winstone’s Books, Sherborne Girls’ School, Abacus Financial Options, local charity Stop the Rumble, and South West Signs.

Families of disadvantaged children received food hampers thanks to the generosity of Sherborne businesses

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