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Gatehouse Christmas Foodbank Appeal: Help to feed those in need and you could win a £50 shopping voucher

A Bury St Edmunds charity needs your help to fill hundreds of food parcels for families and individuals who are struggling financially this Christmas – and those willing to donate could be in with the chance of winning shopping vouchers in exchange for their generosity.

Gatehouse, in Dettingen Way, has joined forces with the Bury Free Press for a campaign appealing for various food items with a wish list of what it requires to ensure those in need won’t go hungry during the festive season.

You can bring any of the items listed below to the Bury Free Press offices, in King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds and in exchange for your donation you will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a draw to win ‘Love2shop’ vouchers.

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse, needs your help to fill these festive food parcels. Picture: Mecha Morton
Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse, needs your help to fill these festive food parcels. Picture: Mecha Morton

The top prize is £50 and two runners-up will each receive £25.

Amanda Bloomfield, chief executive of Gatehouse, said: “It’s important that we’re able to ensure vulnerable individuals and families are able to enjoy the festive season with good quality food.”

It expects to hand out about 500 food parcels in December, which should last an average family a week.

The figure is a five per cent increase on the same time last year and tallies with a rise in demand for the charity’s foodbank.

“We’re now issuing between 30 and 40 parcels a week,” said Amanda.

“Two years ago, it was only 15 parcels a week and there are still a wide selection of people using the service – both employedand unemployed.

“We’ve had a rise in people using the service due to Universal Credit payments and difficulties in budgeting as well as an increase in fuel pricing.”

Gatehouse Christmas Foodbank Appeal
Gatehouse Christmas Foodbank Appeal

All those using the foodbank are referred to Gatehouse through outside agencies which have assessed their financial situation and given budget advice.

The parcels will be gift wrapped thanks to help from workers at Calor Gas and HSBC.

All food items should be donated by Monday, December 16.

Gatehouse also expects to cater for about 150 guests during its Christmas Day lunch at St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Beeton’s Way, Bury.

It is looking for volunteer drivers to transport people to and from the event, which is aimed at those who would otherwise be on their own.

Anyone who is able to help at the lunch and looking to attend, should contact Amanda by emailing info@gatehouse.org.uk or call 01284 754967.


Cans and Jars:

  • Soups
  • Beans
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Jams
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna/Fish
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Meat
  • Pickles
  • Mustards
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice pudding
  • Tomatoes
  • Orange juice


  • Sweets
  • Selection boxes
  • Chocolate biscuits
  • Dry Food:
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Coffee
  • Noodles
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits
  • Cake mixes
  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Hot Chocolate


  • Toilet rolls
  • Flannels
  • Shampoos

Bring your donations to the Bury Free Press office in King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3ET Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

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