June 2015 Newsletter

Over the past three months, we have marked our 3rd anniversary, collected hundreds of Easter eggs to deliver to vulnerable children (and adults!) in the area and developed partnerships between ourselves and a number of other local charities and schools, including the homeless charity Destiny Streetworx, Percy Main Primary School and the North Shields drop-in centre for refugees. We are still providing food to between 350-400 clients per month, bringing the three year total to over 13,500 people – a figure which is sadly likely to increase, but with your support we’ll be able to carry on helping those in need!

Easter egg donations galore!
This Easter, we’ve been lucky enough to have received a huge amount of Easter eggs for us to distribute alongside our food parcels and to others who are most at need in the community. Our fantastic supporters donated so many that were even able to supply some to other local charities and children’s support agencies so that no one went without. These donations came from both individuals and businesses in the North Tyneside area, including H&T Pawnbrokers, Children’s Choice Nursery, Yorkshire Building Society, Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service, BW Medical, Blackett Walker, our long-time supporters Procter & Gamble, and many many more! Thank you!

The 3rd anniversary social night was a success!
In March we held a social night at The Bay Church in Whitley Bay to mark the 3rd anniversary of the foodbank. It was important to use that this wasn’t a celebration, but more of an acknowledgement of how many years we’ve been running. This would not have been possible without the help and donations from all of our fantastic supporters. All those who came shared food and and chatted with other volunteers and supporters before our Chairman, and Reverend of The Bay Church, Alan Dickinson gave a short thank you speech from the front.

Further donation from the Office of Vera Baird QC
We would like to thank the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, for their second donation of £250 towards the foodbanks efforts. This donation will enable us to pay for extra food that we are running low on and to also keep the food delivery van on the move. Thank you!

‘Grow & Eat’ allotment project starts this July
After a successful partnership last year, we are once again working alongside North Tyneside Council as part of their ‘Grow & Eat’ project this summer. The project involved a handful of local allotments donating fresh vegetables that they’d grown to the foodbank. It proved to be highly popular and we are looking forward to working with local allotment owners once again. If you  would like to donate fresh produce to us, please get in touch!

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
We would like to thank the young lads who come in after school on a Friday to volunteer their time as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. They help put away donations on the shelves and pack food parcels ready to be given out the following week. We wish them the best of luck in their exams and hope to see them again when they’re finished!

Upcoming Harvest donations
Later this year, local schools and churches will collect and donate food as part of their Harvest celebrations. Last year, supporters of the foodbank donated a massive amount of food which we estimated to total around 7000 items! Do you think you can beat the 2014 record? Why not organise a collection at your school or church and see! Any and all donations are sincerely appreciated and we can assure you that they are needed now more than ever

We are pleased to announce that we now have an account with ‘BT MyDonate‘! This means that should you wish to donate online or choose us as your sponsored charity for an event you can do so with ease. We already have our first fundraising event in which one of our supporters is tackling the famous ‘3 Peaks’ challenge. We wish Jona all the best and thank him for his fund raising efforts!
We’ve also signed up to ‘Easy Fundraising’ which enables us, as a charity, to receive a donation from a large variety of retails when you buy from them online. Check it out!
Special Thanks
We’d like to thank a number of different charities, organisations and individuals, including; Angels of the North for their continued support and for allowing us to use their warehouse on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, North Tyneside Council for their good working relationship with us, and of course all of our vital supporters and volunteers who help keep The BAY Foodbank running!