Merton Giving Week 2020: Food and A Gift For All

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Merton Giving Week is returning for its third year. The official week of fundraising and celebration of local giving takes place from 30th November to 6th December 2020 with residents and businesses being asked to help those in our community facing food insecurity through financial donations to the ‘Food for All’ fundraising campaign or by donating a Festive shoe-box hamper through  ‘A Gift for All’.

We’ve witnessed such inspiring acts of kindness during the pandemic and, in the run up to the festive season, Merton Giving would like to build on this heart-warming community spirit to continue to make a positive difference.  Their focus for this year’s campaign is to support charities who help those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity.  The demand for food during the pandemic has escalated sharply with people looking for help to feed their families, including those that cannot access food or cannot afford food. 

Diana Sterck, chair of Merton Giving said

2020 has been an incredibly tough year for so many residents and now, more than ever, people are turning to local charitable organisations for support to help them through difficult times. Local charities need our help to help those in need.

There are two simple ways for businesses and residents to get involved.

‘Food For All’ – You can make a donation to their fundraising campaign at justgiving.com/campaign/mertongivingweek2020.  All donations will go to the Food Insecurity strand of the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund – Response, Resilience and Recovery which will provide financial assistance to charities working locally including those who help support people experiencing food insecurity.

‘A Gift For All’ – Merton Giving is teaming up with other charitable organisations in the borough with a campaign encouraging people to make and donate a Festive shoe-box hamper, to residents in need, to help make their Christmas a little brighter.  Organisations including Sustainable Merton, Wimbledon Guild and Polish Family are on-board offering donation drop off points and/or to distribute hampers to residents in need.  Chamber members South Thames College have partnered with Age UK Merton to gift hamper packs, donated by students, to their vulnerable clients as part of the Gift For All campaign.  A full list of organisations taking part is listed in the notes section, below.  You can find out more information about how to get involved and the organisations involved at mertonchamber.co.uk/connecting/merton-giving

Further Information

  • Merton Giving Week, now in its third year, is running from 30th November to 6th December 2020.
  • Organisations taking part to date include; Age UK Merton, Commonside Trust, Friends of St Helier, Merton Council, Polish Family, St John’s Church High Path, Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon Guild.
  • Since the pandemic began and over a six-month period, Phase 1 of the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund, has supported over 70 charities with grant funding totalling over £210,000. 
  • Follow @mertongiving on social media or visit: https://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/connecting/merton-giving to stay updated on the latest Merton Giving Week news and information.

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