The Milton Park team felt strongly that instead it would be good to donate the money that would have been spent on hosting their annual Christmas market, wreath-making workshops and other festive events to two deserving local Didcot charities, including our very own fundraising organisation.
Alongside SOFEA we are honoured to be receiving a significant donation to help support our Christmas campaign, "Sleigh2Give". The donation of £2,500 towards our sixth Christmas present appeal will help us spread cheer, joy and smiles to local children and families less fortunate this Christmas, including families supported by Home-Start and individual families in Didcot who due to the financial implications of Covid-19 can't afford Christmas presents for their children, amongst others.
SOFEA continues to provide long-term food solutions through its Community Larders for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families, especially those who are struggling financially, with poor health and isolation due to the Covid-19 crisis. From the very first Community Larder SOFEA started at the Marlborough Club in Didcot, a network of 49 Larders have been grown with over 70,000 emergency food boxes distributed out during the first lockdown, with nine larders and almost 10,000 food boxes in South Oxfordshire.
With Coronavirus impacting all of our fundraising events and campaigns such as our traditional annual Sleigh2Give affected this year, we are delighted that thanks to Milton Park's very generous Christmas donation we will be able to help as many beneficairies as we can this December with presents to help make the most special time of the year so magical for so many.
A very huge thank you to Milton Park for their very generous donation, and we look forward to developing our relationship with the park going forward.