Once again the Bridlington-based Hinge Centre is continuing to provide valuable support for the local community -both during the lockdown and at all other times.
And to help to keep the food bank shelves constantly replenished for the second year running the Bridlington Echo is proud to promote the Hinge Winter Foodbank Appeal.
This year, more than any other, the need for our community to help others less fortunate has increased hugely.
Whilst the focus at this time of year is on Christmas, he need for a year-round food provision has risen markedly.
The first three months of 2021 will be the time that donations of food and financial help are most needed by the Hinge to help the vulnerable.
Megan Robinson, Hinge Deputy Manager/Community Team Leader, said: “We have again had to close our doors for face-to-face support to ensure safety for staff and the community, however we are still offering support via telephone.”
“We are providing emergency food provision for the local community during these difficult times and urge people to contact us if they are struggling. Please do not sit in silence and not ask for help, we are here to support the best we can.” added Megan.
In the past few weeks, ether have been several individuals and organisations that have helped the Hinge and the work it does in our community.
Paige Hoggard from Bridlington took up the fundraising cause for the Hinge, and raised around £600 for the centre. The money went towards providing hundreds of school meals during half-term, but is also being used for the Hinge and other local charitable organisations to provide food packages throughout the festive period and beyond.
Said Paige: “I started fundraising for families and children who needed extra support providing meals for their children throughout the half-term period. I managed to raise £586 in total. Many food packages were donated to the Hinge Centre, Salvation Army in Bridlington, Driffield and areas in Flamborough. I was touched by how many people donated and supported the local community.”
Around the town organisations have been rallying to provide food donations to enable the Hinge Foodbank carry out its vital work.
Amongst the donations have been:
Burlington School Harvest Festival, Bridlington Town Football Club food donation and Bridlington Soccer School at ER College Saturday programme, Morrisons Bridlington – The Hinge and other local charities have a trolley situated in the Bridlington store for people who would like to donate food to our charity. Thornwick Bay Holiday Park at Flamborough have donated more produce from their supermarket, Country Style Foods who provide bread on a weekly basis and Chelsea’s Seafood and Grill for a large donation of bread.
If you are hosting an appeal for the Hinge Foodbank please send us a photo and some details and we will run the story in the following issue.
The Hinge Centre will re-openTuesday 5th Jan 2021. If you require support or envisage needing a food parcel over the Christmas period, please contact The Hinge Centre on 01262-679671. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.thehinge.org.uk.
Bridlington Community Hub can also be contacted during the holidays by calling 01482 393919. Advice and guidance will be given over the phone and if people require free food parcels these are supplied by the Hinge.
Using their loaf
The Hinge Centre have been receiving donations from the Carnaby-based Country Style Foods on a weekly basis since the start of the lockdown in March. They have also donated hot cross buns and luxury bread loaves for Christmas Hampers that the Hinge are making. Pictured is Mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry with Country Style Foods staff and Hinge Foodbank organisers.
Morrisons in the community
Morrisons Community Champion Becky Crozier has been busy providing treats to charities and organisations throughout the town and beyond.
Becky, who also helps with the food parcels for the store, has been providing festive cheer for hundreds of people as part of Morrisons Community remit.
Donations so far have been:
Chocolates and mince pies to RVS
Several care homes in Bridlington for ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ nominees.
400 packs of sweets and 12 bottles;es of juice for Bay Primary School to have with their on-line pantomine
Hampers for Priory Church Choir for fundraising
Chocolates to Real Aid, Salvation Army, Christ Church and The Haven staff