New Rotary Christmas Crib benefits Sherborne Food Bank

The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles would like to thank all those who supported the new crib scene in the Conduit this year. The wonderful donation made by Mrs Kathryn Ballisat in memory of her brother, who sadly died earlier this year, meant a whole new and exciting collection of beautifully crafted figures representing the Nativity could be purchased. It was much admired by many local people who gave generously, enabling Rotary to donate £1,250 to the Sherborne Food Bank and support other local charities. One local couple, inspired by the generosity of Mrs Ballisat and the impressive display, made a single contribution of £300, which boosted the overall collection enormously.

Sherborne Food Bank is a volunteer-run charity, established in 2011, which helps the hungry and families in crisis, within and around the Parish of Sherborne. Commenting on Rotary’s donation, one volunteer at the food bank said “Thank you so much for this donation, which is gratefully received.  I thought the crib scene was looking lovely and had an impressive and fresh new look.”

Local people and supermarkets donate food supplies on a regular basis, however, financial donations are equally as important as it allows the food bank to purchase items that have not been donated to ensure a balanced provision. The donation is especially welcome in these difficult times when the demand for support has risen hugely with over forty food parcels being delivered every week within the town and wider rural community.

In June 2020 the Food bank tweeted that “We have been overwhelmed with support from communities, business and local organisations, helping us through this crisis but we must especially thank Rotary Sherborne, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Battens, Dorset Council and many others.”

This is not the first time Sherborne Castles Rotary club has been glad to contribute money to the valuable work of the Food Bank during this pandemic, their contributions amounting to over £2,500.