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The Belfry and generous Redhill shoppers help Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and local charities

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Reigate & Banstead have visited the Belfry to see where shoppers can donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, making a generous donation of toiletries and nappies themselves. Cash and urgently required items such as first aid and toiletries, batteries, radios, shelter (e.g. sleeping bags, tents) and non-perishable foods are desperately needed. As the relief effort is currently overwhelmed by clothing donations, no clothes can be accepted. However, utilitarian clothing is welcomed, such as heavy-duty boots, gloves and eye protectors, or military wear.  The Belfry also launched a Just Giving page, starting the fundraising with a £250 donation.

Many local charities have also received a welcome cash boost from the Belfry and generous shoppers at the Centre. Stripey Stork, which supports local families, recently received many hundreds of pounds of donations for their ‘A Gift for Mum’ Mother’s Day campaign. This follows the Centre’s ongoing support and £300 cash donation to their Christmas ‘Santa Stork’ campaign. The Belfry has also donated a further £2,000 to Redhill ShopMobility to ensure that shoppers with mobility needs continue to get the support they need to get out and about. The Children’s Trust received £1,250 donated by the Belfry and families visiting Santa’s Grotto at Christmas, whilst the Orpheus Centre Trust also received £400.

Two years since the start of the first lockdown, trollies full of generous donations made at the Centre continue to be dropped off weekly to the local St. Matthew’s Food Bank.

With the lifting of Covid measures at the end of this January, the Centre welcomed back the amazing Autism All Stars charity for some fun and fundraising. Their Ghostbusters event included a Giant 30’ Mr. Stay Puft, authentic Ecto-1 car and lots more Ghostbusters characters who collected a record £2,000 in just one day.

Lest We Forget, the Royal British Legion’s Centenary tribute last year saw the Belfry host its annual Armistice Day Service, with 30,000 poppy petals dropped during the two minutes silence following weeks of Poppy Appeal sales which raised an incredible £18,500 for the RBL.

Andy Nash (Belfry Centre Manager) said, “We are so delighted and humbled that our kind shoppers continue to make such wonderful gestures of support to those most in need, not only across our community, but also now to the people of Ukraine. Their generosity will help countless numbers of children, families and individuals during these challenging times.”


Pic: The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead visits the Belfry’s DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal donation station – (L to R): Deputy Mayor Cllr Rachel Turner, Belfry Manager Andy Nash, Mayor Cllr Jill Bray