Jan 29, 2024 | Charity

Bridge Help is calling on brokers, valuers and businesses to support its Foodbank Chocolate Appeal and make sure that the children of everyone who accesses Chesterfield Foodbank’s services has a chocolate treat this Easter.

A smiling Phoebe Sellars, a BDM from Bridge Help, is outside the company's office holding a number of chocolate Easter eggs in her armsAs well as chocolate, Bridge Help also wants to ensure the Food Bank charity gets a vital cash donation to contribute to its operation throughout the year.

The company is appealing for donations to its JustGiving page, which will be match funded by Bridge Help and go directly to Chesterfield Foodbank.

In addition to cash, 100 chocolate eggs will also be delivered by the Bridge Help team to the Chesterfield Foodbank warehouse in Sheepbridge in time to be distributed to kids for Easter.

Phoebe Sellars, a Business Development Manager at Bridge Help who is organising the appeal, explained: “The team and I really wanted to support a charity this spring and Chesterfield Foodbank was the obvious choice. As well as cash it is also important to us to donate treats for children. My volunteering with Chesterfield Citizens Advice has shown me that children often miss out on many celebrations throughout the year due to the financial hardship their family may be suffering, and we want to ensure that this isn’t the case this Easter.”

Bridge Help’s Chesterfield Foodbank Chocolate Appeal is in place of its annual Christmas fundraising efforts, which has seen them donate nearly £12,000 to the Foodbank since 2020.

Chesterfield Foodbank provides three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

In 2023, Chesterfield Foodbank provided vital support to more than 11,000 local residents in need of emergency food supplies. Of these three-day emergency food supplies, just under a third (3,169) were given to children.

Phoebe added: “Monetary donations are needed throughout the year, not just at Christmas where Bridge Help has previously focused our giving. Given the current economic climate and the predicaments many local people now find themselves, it is more important than ever to support this vital charity throughout the year.”

If you would like to make a donation, please visit here. The closing date for donations is Friday 22 March 2024.