A charity will be delivering festive hampers to families in need in the Bridport and Beaminster area.

As part of Bridport Round Table’s annual Christmas Joy campaign, volunteers will be preparing 200 hampers containing all the necessary ingredients so families can enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner.

The food will be provided by local family butcher Framptons Of Bridport and will be enough to feed a family of four. Each hamper will contain a turkey with all the trimmings, cheese, biscuits, chutney, Christmas pudding, a yule log and sweets and chocolates to last the holiday period.

Bridport Round Table also received fundraising support from Morrisons Bridport as well as Christmas card donations from Creeds Design & Print.

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In addition to the hampers, the campaign is also looking to raise to support people through the cost-of-living crisis this winter and into the new year.

The donations would go towards providing food vouchers to vulnerable families over the school holidays, funding local spaces for people to get warm and putting together an emergency money pot for local people in need or for community workers to access if they see someone in distress.

Bridport Round Table hopes to raise £10,000 for this year’s campaign and have so far raised just over £6,300.

Last year, the charity managed to raise £22,000 overall for its Christmas Joy campaign and it is aiming for a high number again to make a meaningful impact on the community next year.

Simon Hartley, chairman of Bridport Round Table, said: “We are incredibly proud of the Christmas Joy Campaign. It was started initially during Covid to support local families who needed some extra support over Christmas, and we have only seen the demand grow as we have gone through the cost-of-living crisis.

“We have been extremely lucky and are very thankful to the local community and businesses that have been so supportive of this campaign over the years and have helped us in raising almost £40,000 to date.

“This has enabled us to expand the help that the campaign can provide by offering food vouchers and hampers during the Spring and Summer school holidays, and we have also made donations to other local funds supporting local families through this difficult time, financially.”

The hampers will be distributed this Saturday and have been prepared by volunteers from Bridport Round Table, Bridport Ladies Circle, St Mary's Church, Bridport. 

More information about the charity and how to donate can be found on their crowdfunding page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/christmas-joy-campaign-2023?fbclid=IwAR0tsRmy2yZjDEBQNLGKB41Kx7tacAtpx7WCKjywV-DunF5CnX6XXHM1rxE