It feels like – with nowhere else to go – we’ve all been physically present in our communities
more than ever this year, and yet it’s still so easy to miss what’s right on our doorstep. Far
from being the most wonderful time of the year, many people in our community are finding
it hard just to feed themselves or their families, never mind buy Christmas presents or
decorations.

This month, we wanted to help lift up two amazing local charities and bring them to your
attention. Firstly, the wonderful people behind the Tenants and Residents Association of
Nunhead’s Rye Hill Park Estate, who have been running a food bank throughout lockdown.
Demand for it has only increased as the months have passed, and as volunteers they have
struggled to keep up. When we asked how we could best help them, it turned out that they
were in need of somewhere that was open longer hours where people could drop off
donations, as currently they’ve only been able to collect for a few hours a week.

So, starting right away, whenever the shop is open, you can drop donations in with us.
We’ve got a poster on our window showing the kind of things they most need, and you can
get more details on their insta too – @ryehilltra.

But if you find it hard to get here or just want to help in a different way, they also need
financial support. If you’d like to support them in this way you too can do so via their
JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ryehilltra.

We’ll be giving them 5% of all our takings this December.

If neither of these things are within your means, but you’ve got something else to give
(time, skills) and want to help, you can find them online or on socials at @RyeHillTRA.

We’ll also be giving 5% to another local charity; watch this space for more details.

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