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AXMINSTER: Reprieve for healthy food charity after generous gifts
Friday, 07 February 2014
Health and Local Food For Local Families (HALFF) will not have to scale down its operations and move out of its headquarters.
Generous individuals and organisations rallied to raise the £5,000 required for HALFF to stay in its South Street headquarters for another year.
HALFF needed to raise another £800 to reach its target - and a cheque for that amount from Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors clinched it.
HALFF’s Laura O’Rourke said: We have been overwhelmed by the support from the local community, and are pleased to report that the shop will continue to be open for business in 2014.” She praised everyone who had had contributed, and added: “It all adds up and makes a difference, and shows the service we provide is recognised and that people don’t want us to close.”
Substantial donations were made by Beviss & Beckingsale, Rotary Club of Axminster, Axminster Care Service plus an anonymous contributor who gave £1,000.
Mark Carlisle of Beviss & Beckingsale said: “My mother was an NHS Nurse and often used to say that all the money and possessions in the world could not make up for bad health.
“Without good health life is pretty miserable.
“Clearly one of the fundamentals of good health is a sensible and nutritional diet. Carers, whether of adults or children, are often responsible for others’ diets but this frequently is forgotten.
“It is an important responsibility and therefore training of carers is very important.
“I have been coaching rugby now for many years in the age ranges from 7 up to 16 and it is quite obvious that despite all of their efforts young boys who are very overweight suffer, cannot keep up with their team mates and as a result, lag behind and eventually give up.
“It is therefore a self-perpetuating circle. Those that actually need the exercise the most do not get it and that is largely down to parents not appreciating the importance of a sensible diet.
“It makes obvious sense that it is better to teach people to eat properly rather than having to treat the symptoms of a poor diet - whether this is heart disease, diabetes, strokes etc.”
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