Having been postponed from a very soggy Coronation weekend, the Wimborne Food Bank Family Fun Day 2023 bounced back with more family fun than ever! Over 250 people joined the Food Bank for the free event.
Sharon, Wimborne Food Bank Manager, explained: “We recognise that the summer is an added pressure for families. At a time when food and fuel costs have become unaffordable for many, finding affordable activities for the kids is another pressure particularly where many don’t have their own outdoor space.”
The day was officially opened by five year old Ollie and included face painting, children’s entertainer Jamie Jigsaw who performed a show and circus workshop, tumble tots, crafts, outdoor games courtesy of Dorset Adventures and animal handling with snakes, a tarantula and even a tenrec (similar looking to a hedgehog). The day was finished off with a disco, so plenty of opportunity to get moving!
Mayor of Wimborne, Cllr Diann March, was also in attendance and braved the animal handling with Mad4Animals while Michelle Kratzke, new Food Bank Deputy Manager, completed her induction to Faithworks by holding a snake.
She understandably looked rather apprehensive while having a corn snake sleepily lying across her shoulders but she bravely passed the test! It’s not the first time that brave souls have handled creatures and creepy crawlies, The Creature Teachers provided the challenge last year!
Everyone was left feeling full up with a free meal from Seafoods Fish & Chip van and ice cream from Big Chief Ices! These family events provide a lot of fun and laughter however they are more than just a nice get together and are becoming a regular staple of Wimborne Food Bank’s calendar.
Sharon said: “Wimborne Food Bank Family Fun Day 2023 provided the opportunity for families to spend time together in a stress-free environment, bonding over having fun together while being outdoors with all the benefits that brings.
We recognise that health and wellbeing is about much more than just the food you eat and work hard to provide holistic support to those who come to us.”
The day was supported by local businesses and 16 incredible volunteers. We were also joined by a team of 10 from New Life Community Church who provided the very popular Beat the Bar, an endurance competition that didn’t leave many hanging around!
We would like to thank everyone who provided their time, donated items and services for the day. We could not provide these special events without your support.
In the meantime, Sharon, Michelle and the team are busy planning the Santa Grotto for the Christmas period to ensure that Christmas cheer can be enjoyed by everyone. The question is… who will dress up as Santa Claus?!
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