The biggest gift of all was when our benefactor, Martyn Swaffield, came forward in March 2020 to put up all the money to start the charity, employ staff, purchase the kitchen equipment and lease the premises.
Silver Sponsor, K W Bell Group, this is their testimonial :
"K W Bell Group is delighted to be supporting Forest Mobile Meals. The service you offer is invaluable to the elderly and vulnerable, especially during times of loneliness and isolation during this long pandemic. We applaud your hard work and efforts and hope that our support enables you to continue to do what you do best, and more.
Thank you for the role you play in our community. We are delighted to do our bit to help”.
Donation of equipment :
Severn Dean Lions - a new fridge
An anonymous benefactor - new washing machine
Graham Clements of Express Windows, Coleford - donation of replacement toughened glass & fitting within the kitchen
Diane Goulding from Cinderford - purchased a new chest freezer for us
Suntory (Lucozade/Ribena) - donated a chilled drinks cabinet for our takeaway
£1,000 donation to buy a new dishwasher from Andy Smith and his sister Carol
Donations of food from :
Monthly meat donation from Vale Butchers - Drybrook, Camerons - Cinderford, Kevins - Mitcheldean and Eskimart - Coleford
Financial Donations from :
QEP - Forest Vale Industrial Estate for a financial donation
Albany Pumps - Lydney for a financial donation
Julie & Gill Drew - financial donation from knitting "key workers" auction
Severn and Wye BNI - financial donation instead of their "Secret Santa"
Court Farm Garage, Littledean - promoting us on their Facebook page and raising funds for us with a "donate" button, then matching the amount raised themselves resulting in £200, brilliant
A cash donation of £600 from an anonymous businessman
A cash donation of £100 from Mr G Thomas
Drybrook Garage - support and assistance in getting our 2 vehicles roadworthy, etc. prior to them being sold
Ruardean Woodside Primary School for hand decorated gift bags (containing handmade calendars, Christmas decorations, etc.) for our clients
The Inner Wheel Royal Forest of Dean for the gorgeous Christmas presents for our clients
Social Media Support from :
Forest Hub FB group
Helping Hands with Caring Hearts FB group
Forest of Dean FB group
All the local FB noticeboard groups around the Forest too
......... and finally - the band of individuals who have brought in garden produce, shared our pleas for help, dedicated time to specific projects and to all our volunteer drivers - we thank every one of you.