Shepton Mallet branch of the Salvation Army, is helping the local community this year by providing over 100 food and toy hampers to families in need at Christmas.

“There are many more families struggling this year, since the pandemic. People are also being hit by a double whammy of benefit cuts and increased energy bills. Local churches, Social Services, the Citizens Advice Bureau and voluntary organisations have been working together to reach out to those most in need” said Heather Bryson-Banks, a volunteer.

The festive food & toy hampers have now been distributed, however, help and support will be available again in the New Year. And, this year an extra special event will take place in the Salvation Army Church, Old Magistrates Court, 21 Commercial Road ;

On Christmas Day, there will be a FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER at 1pm for anyone, who would otherwise be alone this year. Eligibility isn’t based on finances, but on emotional need and there are 18 places available.

“If you or someone you know would like to join us, for food and good company, please call to book your place, you are most welcome” said Anne Chinye, Captain of the Shepton Mallet Branch.

To book call 01749347130