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Generous residents give a boost to Brightlingsea FoodBank

Generous-hearted Brightlingsea folk have once again come up trumps to help those in need at Christmas by digging deep into their pockets at local charity events.

These included a hog roast organised by Rob White, an Assistants to the Deputy of the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea, and a curry and quiz night at the Colne Yacht Club organised by Iain and Oonie Werngren and Steve Archer. Together these events raised over £3,000 which was split between former Deputy Frank Pomroy and Lady Deputy Win Pomroy's  chosen charities – Brightlingsea Foodbank and the Autumn Centre.

Presenting an £856 cheque to Foodbank volunteers Bob Walsh, and John and Jackie Malone, Win Pomroy, who also coordinates Brightlingsea Foodbank, said: “Once again I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Brightlingsea people in raising this huge sum. It is amazing to be able to give such a large donation to the Foodbank.

She added: “These most welcome funds are very much needed. They will be used to help supply food packs to residents unable to afford food due to a whole range of crises – including the effects of the pandemic, benefit cuts, sudden ill-health or loss of work. Some people have been forced to choose between paying for domestic fuel or buying food. We will also use the money to put together special Christmas food bags. These extra treats help our clients to feel valued and that the community cares about them. This is especially important, as people find it very hard to come and seek assistance from the Foodbank. It undermines their confidence and self-worth to admit how much they are struggling.”

For more information about Brightlingsea Foodbank, call Win or Frank Pomroy on 07970 480968, 07377 738806 or 01206 303902.

•Brightlingsea WinterFest, which holds events in February to help boost the mental health and wellbeing of Brightlingsea residents, is using its Wellbeing Fund to provide local families with Co-op vouchers worth £50 or £100 to help with food costs this Christmas. An application form can be found here – and applications can be made for friends or family members who may be afraid to ask for help.

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