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AXMINSTER: Crunch day for food charity

Friday, 24 January 2014

Trustees for Health and Local Food For Local Families (HALFF) will meet today (January 21st) to decide whether the charity will downsize or not.
As reported last month, the charity needed to raise £5,000 by mid-January to stay in its South Street headquarters, which includes the HALFF shop.
Local organisations and members of the public have responded by donating money.
Spokesperson Laura O’Rourke said on Wednesday January 15th: “We have had an overwhelming response from the general public, we can’t thank them enough.
“The trustees will meet to discuss the funding issue.
“If HALFF has the funds required by next Tuesday (today), the shop should be saved.
“So far, we have raised £4,195.”
The Rotary Club of Axminster presented a cheque for £1,500 on Tuesday of last week and spokesperson Bill Coltham said: “In the early days of HALFF, members of the club were asked if they would help to prepare the garden of the shop for the first sowing of vegetables and salads.
“Digging and clearing couch grass and bind weed was a back-breaking two-day task.
“Four years later, members agreed to dig deep again, this time into the ’pockets’ of the club in response to another cry for help to deal with a temporary financial shortage, publicised recently in local papers.
HALFF founder Tiggy Parry said: “It‘s so important that the community joins together to help one another, and Rotary always demonstrates how this can be done in a very practical way. We are so grateful.”

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