We have been running a Christmas colouring competition during December, in partnership with the Weston-super-Mare Foodbank. Children have been asked to colour in a picture of the Plum bear and at the same time bring a donation to the Foodbank, in the hope of winning the real Plum Build-a-Bear.
The Plum team have really enjoyed seeing the children and their parents, some in their festive get-ups, popping in to the Plum office with their brilliant pictures. A number of children aged from just two and a half to seven years old, entered the competition with a variety of donations for the Foodbank.
With so many to choose from, we sought the help of an independent adjudicator our business neighbour Alistair Milton, owner of Poppy’s Homecare, to choose the winning entry. Alistair chose Lilly May, aged six and three quarters, for her artistic impression of the Plum bear.
Plum’s Managing Director, Karen Morledge, has said: “It has been wonderful to see the collection boxes of donations filling up over the month and it was great to be able to hand over these much-needed items. I hope that by using Plum’s skills and networks, we have been able to make a difference as the amount of people in need, right here in our own town, is truly shocking. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed, and we hope that our initiative has, in some way, helped people with less this Christmas.”
New figures, released by The Trussel Trust this month, show an increase in demand for foodbanks in the South West. This year alone, the Weston-super-Mare Foodbank has helped feed 3,273 people and of that more than a thousand were children. Lilly May and her mum met with Plum’s Managing Director, Karen, at Weston Foodbank in order to give the donations and collect her Plum bear. Congratulations to Lilly May and thanks again to everyone that’s entered and supported.