The Battens Charitable Trust have been making their way around the South West, delivering Easter eggs to five food banks in Somerset and Dorset and also contributing towards Wessex FM’s Easter Egg Appeal for local charities and good causes.
Over 250 chocolate eggs were donated in time for the spring holiday, meaning some of those who are less fortunate receive a small Easter treat.
The work of the local food banks is very prominent in the community. Volunteer Liz Murray explains; “Sherborne food bank, a registered charity, is crucial to the town and provides more than 1000 food deliveries each year to individuals and families in need. The food bank has seen an increase in demand of some 30% in the past twelve months, so the support of donors and local businesses such as Battens is invaluable. We provide basic food supplies, baby food, nappies and toiletries but families are often excluded from the seasonal treats the rest of us take for granted. This is why the donation of Easter Eggs will mean such a lot to local families, and especially children, who are managing on so little.”
Lynn Crabb from the Wareham food bank added, “The food bank supports local families and those living alone. We work with health care and social professionals as well as the Citizens Advice Centre, this ensures the food goes to those in need. We are very fortunate to be supported by the local community and I would like to thank the Battens Charitable Trust for their continued support of Wareham food bank.”
Naomi Dyer, a Trustee of The Battens Charitable Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to make a contribution again this year. It’s great to see that the generosity of people’s donations to the trust help with the important work the food banks carry out in the community.”
Battens Charitable Trust, which was established by Battens Solicitors, has donated more than £500,000 to charities and causes in and around Somerset and Dorset since it was first founded in 1985. Groups to have benefitted from its funding include schools, hospitals, children and youth sports groups, disability groups and hospices.
If you would like to make a donation or leave a legacy to Battens Charitable Trust, please contact the Trust team by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01935 811304.