Youth organisations, residents and tennis club rally round to support Food Hub clients

A slightly belated but heartfelt thank-you to everyone who supported the Food Hub as part of the national Big Help Out project to mark the coronation last month of King Charles III.

6th Coulsdon Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, who meet at St Andrew’s Church Coulsdon, collected two full carloads of food and other items as their contribution, while residents of Brancaster Lane, Purley, raised more than £300 from events at a street party, and Purley Bury Tennis Club raised extra money from a cake sale.

6th Coulsdon’s Assistant Leader Sally Cheesman said: “It really was the girls doing this, with support from their families, rather than asking even more of our pressed volunteer leaders!

“We gave the girls leaflets which they posted through their neighbours’ doors. Some chose to do their whole road, with a time slot when they’d go back to collect any donations left outside. They were thrilled when people joined in, and it gave a real sense of community.”

Residents of Brancaster Lane, Purley, enjoyed glorious weather for their street party on the Sunday of Coronation Weekend and raised money from a tombola and bingo, as well as sales of homemade bracelets, sweets and scrunchies made by 12-year-olds Lydia and Arabella.

Last week Jade Trimbee, one of the event’s organisers, brought £327 to the Food Hub.

A big thank you to everyone who chipped in! Your generosity and support are hugely appreciated.

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6th Coulsdon troop members (from top, left to right) - Grace and Jess, Jasmine, Bethany, Olivia, Emilia, Lyla and Posy.
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The Brancaster Lane Coronation street party, Lydia and Arabella at their stall, and organisers and guests Simonette, Jade, Past Civic Mayor's wife Rahena, Past Civic Mayor Cllr Humayun Kabir, Jane, and Yvonne (in red top).