The New Forest Basics Bank supplies food and household necessities to people who are struggling on low or no income in Lymington and the New Forest. And we can all help by donating food and household goods in Waitrose and Tesco. If we remember when we start our shopping and buy bogoffs it’s a win win!
At Christmas the need is no less in fact greater.
In 2020 the New Forest Basics Bank moved to its new much bigger location at Cannon Street East Car Park. In 2019 Oli Stanley took on the role of Chairman and is ably supported by his wonderful team of volunteers.
For more information about how to help please click here https://basicsbank.org.uk/about-us/
Donate here: https://basicsbank.org.uk/how-to-donate/
According to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation nearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, live below an income level regarded by the public as the minimum needed to participate in society, and there are many people who are disadvantaged in this way living in our midst in the New Forest.
Whatever the individual circumstances and/or the politics, for those of us who have plenty, Christmas is a particularly poignant time to be aware of this. And there is a something all of us who wish to, can do to help.
Basics Bank will help anybody who doesn’t have means to feed themselves or their family with food pending other arrangements, on a referral basis by agencies which give food vouchers to the individuals concerned.
Here in Lymington it is run by a wonderful team of volunteers based in the United Reform church. It is completely non discriminatory, and fills a local need.
As well as financial donations which are a simple way to help and volunteers who are always needed to join the team, Basics Bank welcomes donations in terms of non perishable food and other consumables and there are boxes for these on the way out of both Tesco and Waitrose in Lymington.
The kinds of items which are requested include:
It's easy to get the idea - stuff which will keep! And if we remember when we start our shopping we can collect extra at little extra cost to ourselves by taking advantages of the offers currently running.
More information: https://basicsbank.org.uk/about-us/