Traidcraft update

October 2020

To date £15,000 worth of Fairtrade and ethically sourced goods have been delivered. In the last 2 weeks we have taken goods to the value of £900 to the Food bank and we have delivered a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit to Restore Hope. They continue to welcome donations of any surplus fresh garden produce you may have and will take delivery on Monday or Tuesday every week.

In the light of the continuing escalation in the pandemic threat and the government’s decision this week to discontinue food vouchers for children on free school meals during school holidays it is unsurprising that the pressure on the food banks continues to grow.

The feedback we get from the Food Bank is so positive, they praise us for our kindness and describe what we do as amazing, they are also grateful that they can rely on our regular support. Also the feedback we get from you our supporters is equally encouraging as we are regularly thanked for the work we are doing. In fact none of this would be happening without your kind and generous ongoing financial support, we had an idea and your wholehearted generosity has allowed that idea to take shape, thank you.

If you know anyone who may be willing to join us in our mission to help those less fortunate than ourselves pass this appeal on. Below, please find a form of words which may be useful.

If you are aware of any families or individuals who need help from the food bank a call to the dedicated number 01494 785660 is all they need to do to arrange an emergency delivery.

Once again many, many thanks for your generosity.

Margaret & Bill Dykes

'Margaret and Bill Dykes have been fund raising for the Chiltern Food Bank since the coronavirus pandemic came to the UK and the dire circumstances for many became apparent. To date they have raised over £14,000 and bought fair trade and ethical goods to donate to the food bank ensuring that good nutritional food, ethically sourced and least harmful to the planet is made available to those families and individuals in need of support. The need is still here and growing and more funds are urgently required. If you can help please contact Margaret and Bill Dykes. on or 07968421416

A thank-you for our Harvest help

Dear Chalfont St. Giles Church,
I am writing to thank you and all for your very generous Harvest Festival collection. The total weight of the food donated was an amazing 96.1Kg.
In the past six months we have delivered food that would support over 3,600 people, of whom a little over a third were children. We have, with your help, provided 32,679 meals, an increase of 170%.
Whilst times remain uncertain the foodbank is probably going to become more necessary for many more individuals and families and it is wonderful to have such great support from the community.

Once again thank you from all at the Chiltern Foodbank and our clients.


Yours Sincerely


Jill Pye
Senior Team leader
01494 775668

Should you feel able to contribute or wish to purchase for you own use please e-mail us at ,

telephone us on 01494874511

text to 07968421416.


Because of the difficulty in making payments in person we would prefer that people use one of the following methods of contribution/payment.


By bank transfer - we will send you our bank details upon receipt of your order.


By cheque made payable to Traidcraft Plc and sent to

Margaret and Bill Dykes

4, Roughwood Fields

Roughwood Lane

Chalfont St Giles


The usual inbox and answerphone will be checked once a week. In the mean time, the working-from-home email address is, or in an emergency contact the clergy.

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