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£2,500 for Wantage based charity

by Paul Thomsett

The Ray Collins Charitable Trust is a charity which helps the people of Wantage and surrounding areas in a variety of ways.

Over the Christmas period over 20 volunteers packed over 8,000 food items into 150 Christmas hamper boxes. This consisted of hundreds of tins of soup, fruit, custard, vegetables, fish, meat, baked beans, boxes of cereal, biscuits, pasta, chutney, pickles, tea, coffee, sweets, chocolates, cream crackers, hot chocolate, crisps, cakes and more into boxes for over 65s and local disadvantaged families.

On Christmas Eve, founder Ray Collins and a dozen volunteers transformed the new Down To Earth Cafe space in the Old Stables into the stunning venue for a Christmas Day Dinner

Forty-five guests to enjoyed a traditional roast lunch with all the trimmings, apple pie and custard plus mince pies, tea and coffee. Music accompanied the lunch provided by local musician. The team of 20 volunteers collected the guests and took them home again when the meal was over.

Mr Collins said: “The hampers meant lots of smiley faces were guaranteed. The cost-of-living crisis has hit our food bill hard with the meal and hampers costing over £7,500 for food and boxes this year. We have such an amazing team of volunteers, a wonderful community spirit and several incredible donations including a huge £2,500 from the Berkshire Freemasons helping us make this year’s Christmas campaign possible. The huge effort and commitment by all have made all this possible again this year.”.

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