Food for People in Crisis Christmas Appeal 2021

4th November 2021

The past 18 months will go down in history as one of the most challenging periods in all of our lifetimes.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring challenges for everyone but for some people in our community this Christmas time will be particularly difficult.

The pandemic has tipped households who were just about managing to make ends meet into facing the prospect of a really bleak time once again as incomes reduce and basic costs rise, including increased energy prices which have reached record levels around the world and which will force many people to choose between heating and eating this winter.

Treats and festive food are a luxury some just cannot afford this year, as more and more families face difficulties providing the basics needed for survival.

Rotherham’s Food for People in Crisis (FiC) Partnership has launched its annual Christmas Appeal for 2021.  The people and businesses of Rotherham have been particularly generous during the pandemic in helping us provide basic food and non-food items for those in need, so this year we are bringing some cheer for those in particular need by focusing on providing supplementary food that people might want of a festive nature.  Once again the partnership are asking for monetary donations to the appeal this year.  All the money we receive will go to providing some extra cheer for families in need and no money will be taken in administrative fees by the partnership or Voluntary Action Rotherham, who will once again be managing the appeal on behalf of the partnership.

Monetary donations can be made using the following methods:

  • Cheques should be made payable to: ‘People in Need (VAR)’ and sent to Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham, S60 2HX;
  • To make a bank transfer, please ask your bank to send your donation to ‘People in Need (VAR)’, account number: 20298847, sort code: 60-83-01;
  • Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows charities to reclaim the tax that has already been paid on donations from UK taxpayers. If you choose to Gift Aid, the government will add an extra 25p to every £1 you give to The Food in Crisis Christmas Appeal. If you would like to Gift Aid your donation please complete the form here and return to People in Need, Voluntary Action Rotherham Ltd, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham S60 1HX.

If anyone is interested in setting up a Standing Order to support the work of the partnership on an ongoing basis, they should contact the team at VAR: foodincrisis@varotherham.org.uk and the team will be pleased to send out the necessary information.

Teresa Brocklehurst, Director of Services (Infrastructure) at Voluntary Action Rotherham and Chair of the FiC Partnership said: “Christmas is a time for giving and The Food in Crisis Christmas Appeal is an opportunity for the kind and generous people of Rotherham to come together and make a real difference to the lives of those who, particularly during this dreadful pandemic, find themselves in crisis in our community. Every donation, no matter how small is welcome. Every penny donated will go to help those in particular need this festive period to bring some cheer through the provision of special parcels to top up basic supplies with those items that will make a big difference during this difficult time”.

Download an appeal poster here, please share this if you can.