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Taunton Mayor gives charitable gifts

20 December 2022 : Council news, Community

The Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, has gifted £500 to three Taunton charities in need of support this Christmas.

The donations were made using funds from the Alderman Spears Charitable Trust which was set up in 1973 by former Councillor, Alderman and Freeman, Mr Frederick Cory-Spear OBE.

The trust, which is specifically tied to the Mayoralty and the former Borough of Taunton, is intended to benefit those in need at Christmas.

Taunton Christmas Sparkle Project received £200. The Christmas Sparkle Project is run by the community for the community. Working with local charities who support families in need the project aims to give a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington community.

Taunton Foodbank received £200, Taunton Foodbank are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. Taunton Foodbank provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Taunton Open Door received £100. Taunton Open Door is a day centre for Taunton’s homeless community providing basics such as food, showers and clothing. The centre also tailors support plans for individuals helping them to move on from homelessness which includes key goals such as developing life skills, sustaining accommodation and accessing employment

Cllr Lees, said: “I’m very proud of the voluntary work undertaken by our local community, and hope these gestures will provide some relief to families and individuals who are vulnerable or are suffering financially in the run up to Christmas.”