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Reversing the Advent Calendar

The Craven Street Wealth team were joined by other residents of Graylaw HouseCanterbury Business Improvement District (BID) and Brachers in donating to a reverse advent calendar throughout the month of November.

Whilst many will be counting down to Christmas by opening a window or door in a traditional advent calendar, a reverse advent calendar instead focuses on giving and helping those in need with everyday items such as canned goods and toiletries contributed by individual team members plus the odd treat such as chocolates and selection boxes.

These were then provided to Canterbury and District Food Bank which began as a community project developed by a group of local churches before registering as a charity, endeavouring to prevent or or relieve poverty and financial hardship in the Canterbury City Council district – covering Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages.

Donated items are then divided into food parcels that can last families for at least three days over these continued unprecedented times, even catering for special dietary requirements and delivered to those who can benefit by a small staff team managing a large group of dedicated volunteers.

Ruth Tomkin-Munro is “grateful of the support provided to this worthwhile cause.”

“With initiatives like this also about raising awareness. First about food poverty and second about how to help” CEO of Canterbury BID and Chair of the Association of Town and City Management, Lisa Carlson and her team also share further information about the food bank, Catching Lives charity and the Pay it Forward scheme to businesses in and around Canterbury.

Lee May, Partner Brachers comments “We are so happy to be able to support the fantastic work of the Canterbury Food Bank, which is of increasing importance given the financial challenges currently faced by families and individuals across the Canterbury area.”

Craven Street Wealth Director, Tim Maakestad “firstly wishes to thank Ruth for organising this, our team at Craven Street Wealth who I know corporate social responsibility is really important to, our neighbours at Graylaw House, Canterbury BID and Brachers and most of all everyone who works and volunteers for Canterbury Food Bank.”

“The cost of living with higher food prices, increased fuel costs and inflationary pressures generally, has affected everybody. This is especially heightened at Christmas and I am pleased that we have been able to help in making this a more enjoyable time for families and those in need.”

To find out more about, donate or claim from the Canterbury Food Bank by visiting their website HERE.


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