Putting the kettle on and throwing a tea party is one way people can help raise vital funds to support the anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust.

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres including one in Abingdon at Christ Church on Northcourt Road.

The centres provide emergency food and support to people facing hardship and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

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Food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network in the South East handed out 258,000 emergency food parcels to people in the local area between April 2021 and March 2022.

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The charity is calling on people in Abingdon to hold a tea party with friends, family, and colleagues to fundraise.

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Kate Merrifield, events engagement manager at the Trussell Trust said: “Sitting down and talking to people over a cup of tea is the first step to make people visiting a food bank feel comfortable. It provides the perfect opportunity for people to be listened to and for volunteers to better understand what drove them to the food bank and what support they might need going forward. 

“We’re urging everyone in Abingdon to put the kettle on and throw a tea party.

“Whether you prefer your tea milky or black, with sugar or without, builders’ brew or a masala chai – anything goes, as long as you’re having fun!”

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This story was written by Rebecca Whittaker, she joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Rebecca covers education and news in Abingdon and Wantage.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Rebecca.Whittaker@newquest.co.uk or calling 07824524333

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