Sea­son for shar­ing and good­will

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The col­lec­tion for Chiltern Food­bank took place be­tween Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 3 and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5 at Tesco in Lon­don Road West, Amer­sham, in part­ner­ship with food­bank char­ity The Trus­sell Trust and food re­dis­tri­bu­tion char­ity, Fare­share.

For many peo­ple in food poverty, emer­gency food is just the first step in help­ing them ac­cess other ser­vices and sup­port which can help get their lives back on track, so the po­ten­tial im­pact of a food do­na­tion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Chiltern Food­bank has given 1,295 three day emer­gency food sup­plies to peo­ple in cri­sis in April to Septem­ber of this year.

Chiltern Food­bank co­or­di­na­tor Dave Wor­rall said: “Once again we are over­whelmed by so many Tesco cus­tomers giv­ing so gen­er­ously to those in need.

“Though it’s the food­bank that co-or­di­nates the dis­tri­bu­tion of the food it is the com­mu­nity that pro­vides it and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to all those cus­tomers who vis­ited the Amer­sham store dur­ing the Neigh­bour­hood Col­lec­tion pe­riod and gave so gen­er­ously to en­sure that we can help those in cri­sis over the Christ­mas pe­riod win­ter.”

Dur­ing the col­lec­tion, cus­tomers were asked to do­nate non-per­ish­able food items such as long-life milk, tinned veg­eta­bles, tinned meat and Christ­mas fare. Fifty vol­un­teers from the Chiltern Food­bank,

Flex­global, Amer­sham, Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar and Dr Chal­loner’s High School joined with Tesco staff in store to col­lect do­na­tions from kind­hearted cus­tomers.

Tesco then topped up all do­na­tions by 30 per cent.

Trus­sell Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive David McAu­ley said: “We want to say a mas­sive thank you to all those who par­tic­i­pated in this De­cem­ber’s Neigh­bour­hood Food Col­lec­tion.

“Christ­mas is a par­tic­u­larly stark time to

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the face hunger. For fam­i­lies al­ready man­ag­ing on ex­tremely tight bud­gets, in­creased win­ter fuel bills and the ab­sence of free school meals can force peo­ple to make harsh choices be­tween heat­ing the home or feed­ing the fam­ily.

“We’ve met fam­i­lies who are all sleep­ing in one room to share warmth, school chil­dren too cold to sleep and el­derly peo­ple down to their last tin of food.

“There are too many peo­ple strug­gling to af­ford fuel and food in the UK. The stag­ger­ing gen­eros­ity of Tesco cus­tomers, store staff and vol­un­teers, will en­able food­banks UK wide to pro­vide vi­tal food and sup­port to peo­ple who find them­selves strug­gling, making this Christ­mas a lit­tle brighter for peo­ple in cri­sis.” SANTA Clause com­pletes his tour of the Chal­fonts and Ger­rards Cross this week.

His mam­moth jour­ney has taken him all across South Bucks and Chiltern, vis­it­ing a num­ber of vil­lages on route to his fi­nal stop on Christ­mas Eve.

He has been out ev­ery day this month, get­ting peo­ple into the Christ­mas spirit.

Or­gan­ised by The Ro­tary Club of Ger­rards Cross and Chal­font St Peter, check be­low for Santa’s fi­nal tour of Bucks. 6pm-8pm Chal­font St Giles Sil­ver Hill, Sy­camore Road, Back Lane 6pm-8pm Chal­font St Peter Gables Close/Foxdell, Mis­bourne/Amer­sham Road

Mimi Harker, joins Dr Chal­loner’s High School pupils, Flex­global staff mem­bers, MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan and Chiltern Food­bank co-or­di­na­tor Dave Wor­rall at the Tesco event

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