Chartwell House celebrates success of second Festive Food Pantry

The Festive Food Pantry team also gave provisions to Newington Primary School

Chartwell House care home, located off Star Lane, is celebrating the success of its second Festive Food Pantry, held in collaboration with the Parish of St Laurence.

Despite the challenging weather the event at St Laurence Church Hall on Saturday, 9th December, saw  support offered to people struggling during Christmas with parcels of much needed festive food items and toys.

Donations were collected ahead of the event with individuals, community groups and local businesses giving generously to support those in food poverty.

In 2022, the Festive Food Pantry lent a helping hand to more than 30 families in need, and this year, their mission was to expand their reach even further.

Organisers say one elderly gentleman, aided by his walking frame, braved the elements to collect donated food for his wife and another lady described the support as something that “had literally made her Christmas.”

This year, in the spirit of giving, remaining provisions found a new home at Newington Community Primary School.

With 650 children under their care, the school identified 21 families in need of support. The donations were met with overwhelming appreciation, as the school staff shared their plans to continue providing food to families throughout the Christmas holidays.

Ameet Kotecha, Founder and Managing Director of Chartwell House owner Boutique Care Homes, said: “Boutique Care Homes were proud to contribute £250 of Tesco Vouchers towards the Festive Food Pantry. It’s a small gesture with great impact, and we’re proud of our team’s dedication to such a worthy cause.”

Jude Coveney, Admissions Manager of Chartwell House, added: “Witnessing the direct impact on families in need has been truly heartwarming. The Festive Food Pantry goes beyond providing meals; it brings hope and joy to those who need it most. It’s a testament to the strength of our community and the power of compassion.”

Chartwell House thanked contributors which included: Iceland, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco Extra, Caremark, Elite Care, and Hogman’s Butchers.

For those who wish to learn more, contribute, or participate in future initiatives, contact Chartwell House by calling 01843 264 896.