Press release   

18 May 2016

Birdsong boost for Windermere Foodbank

Windermere Foodbank volunteer and founder member MaggieBridge (left) receives the Birdsong contribution from representative Margaret Mitchinson with the Rev Shanthi Thompson (left) and Staveley parishioners Claire Stableford (rear) and Clare Hale.


 A concert by singing quartet Birdsong helped St James’ Church in Staveley boost its reputation as the top contributor to the Windermere Foodbank.

A concert in the church by the four singers – Lucy Crispin, Sarah Wroe, Allyson Fiddler and Kate Jackson – raised more than £155 for the foodbank with a similar amount going to the Refugee Crisis Fund.

Birdsong representative Margaret Mitchinson said: “The quartet got together simply because they love to sing and now find that their efforts can help to raise money for great organisations such as the foodbank and refugees. Their wide range of songs is mainly unaccompanied and is a testament to their expertise. Our concert in Staveley was also supported with excellent organ music by Clive Walkley.”

Staveley resident MaggieBridge, a founder member of the Windermere Foodbank, said: “The village continues to be the largest single contributor of items for the foodbank. And if we’re running short of any particular items, a reminder from the Vicar, the Rev Shanti Thompson, usually does the trick!.”

The foodbank distributes food parcels for vouchers distributed by a range of frontline professionals. These include at least three days’ supply of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food for families affected by part-time work, rising fuel bills, poor transport links and delays in benefit payments.

The Windermere Foodbank is located in the basement of The Methodist Church, Main Street, WindermereL23 1DY, and is open between 1.00 and 3.00pm every Wednesday and Friday. 

Project manager: Magda Khan
Phone: 07789 728 811 or 015394 22569


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