Huge support for town’s Santa Sleigh food bank collection

CHISTMAS TIDINGS: The Pantiles Rotary Santa Sleigh volunteers

The Round Table’s newly refurbished Santa Sleigh completed its annual food collection route for Nourish Community Foodbank on Sunday evening (December 17).

Across their eight-night collection through the streets of Tunbridge Wells, the local group collected a total of 6.8 tonnes of food, with the St John’s area donating an amazing 1.8 tonnes of food in one collection on Saturday evening. The Round Table told the Times that they received lots of Christmas items this year which will mean those in need have some additional treats to enjoy during the festive period.

Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Round Table, Ken Fry said: “The Round Table Elves were delighted to support Santa on his rounds this year, spreading some festive cheer around the streets of Tunbridge Wells, while collecting food donations for such a fantastic cause.

“The work of Nourish is needed now more than ever and we are incredibly grateful to the people of Tunbridge Wells for their amazing donations. We would also like to thank Pantiles Rotary for all their hard work sorting out the collections up at the warehouse each day.”

Nourish Operations Director, Dawn Stanford added: “We are speechless at the amount of food collected. Thank you so much to the people of Tunbridge Wells for your incredible generosity and wonderful support. It means so much to us and the Round Table that we have enough supplies to help those in need this Christmas.

“Thank you also to the Round Table for your incredible support, care and energy. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and for organising these wonderful evenings and collections.”

The Tunbridge Wells Round Table has announced that in March 2024 they will be hosting their annual giveaway. This year the group will be giving away £20,000 from the money raised during the annual Dunorlan Park Fireworks in November to local Tunbridge Wells causes. All charities and local causes are encouraged to apply for funding, and funding requests can be made via the Round Table website at:

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