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AXMINSTER: Food charity needs £5,000 to carry on

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

An Axminster charity will lose its headquarters and be forced to curtail most activities unless it raises £5,000 by mid-January.
Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) has been credited with teaching people of all ages to cook healthy meals on a budget.
But HALFF has its own budget problems and is in desperate need of help.
HALFF spokesperson Laura O’Rourke said: “ Our charity is in severe need of funds, otherwise we may not be able to afford premises next year.
“HALFF is in danger of having to give up its premises in South Street where it runs a fruit and veg shop and garden, and cooking and gardening sessions.
“This also serves as the charity’s offices, so without the shop the future of the charity will be uncertain.
“We desperately need local donations to survive.”
HALFF director Tiggy Parry said that £5,000 must be raised by mid-January to make sure HALFF can remain in the South Street premises.
She also explained that many activities would have to be curtailed should the premises be lost.
Since setting up shop in South Street, HALFF has run courses for people with or at risk of heart disease, homeless teenagers, people who have been made redundant from Axminster Carpets and parents of young children.
Every month HALFF also cooks with children attending a Millwey Rise youth group.
This Christmas HALFF teams will do Christmas meals for children attending selected youth clubs in Millwey Rise and Exmouth, for older people in Axminster and for parents and their young children in Chard.
Laura added: “Many of these people would not otherwise get a Christmas dinner and some may be spending Christmas alone.
“All these activities are run by HALFF’s very committed staff and volunteers
“Over the years HALFF has also run courses in Bridgewater, Honiton, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis – to name a few.”
Anyone interesting in donating money can find out more at or by calling 01297 631782.
Laura said: “Every donation, however small, will make a difference.
“Donations over £10 given before Christmas through localgiving will qualify for an additional £10 matched donation.
“Although food affects everyone’s health, we receive no funds from the government.
“Many people don’t know how to provide a home cooked meal for their families – please help us to help them.
“Good food is so much more than just nutritious food. It affects our whole life.


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