Gatehouse charity thanks Bury St Edmunds community for its festive goodwill
The community has rallied to support a Bury St Edmunds charity’s festive initiatives to help those in need.
Bury St Edmunds Rotary Club delivered 1,200 Christmas crackers to Gatehouse for its food hampers, Christmas Day meal and parties for dementia clients.
Meanwhile, Direct Table Foods, in Little Saxham, donated pigs in blankets, gammon and bacon for the meal at St Benedict’s Catholic School, which was expected to attract more than 140 people who would otherwise be on their own.
St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary School donated at least 12 food parcels and £150 to the charity after organising a hamper project.
Sarah Clayton, deputy headteacher, said: “As we are a Church of England school we wanted to do something that helps other people over Christmas. We decided that each class would put together a reverse advent calendar.”
The school was so overwhelmed with donations that they started to create food parcels instead.
The 270 children at the school also wrote a message in a Christmas card each for those who will receive the donations.
The travelling community also filled three trolleys with food for the charity.
It was part of a 'food bank challenge' in which they filled their trolleys with food and nominated their friends and family to do the same within 48 hours.
In mid-December, Gatehouse had already handed out 439 Christmas food hampers - with the number expected to rise.
The charity also welcomed Bury Round Table’s Santa sleigh during its dementia hub Christmas lunch.
Chief executive Amanda Bloomfield said: “It’s been a fantastic response from the community helping those in need.”
Gatehouse has announced the winners of its Elf on the Shelf competition.
First prize went to Michelle Modem, second to John Feria and third to Susan Foreman.