A Wokingham gym donates a staggering amount of food to a local foodbank

Published: 13 Apr 2014 17:300 comments

Gym members flexed their charitable muscles as they donated 1,381lbs of food for needy folk.

Members of Curves Gym with some of the items they donated to Wokingham Foodbank

Wokingham women’s gym Curves, based in Denton Road, gave items to the town’s Foodbank, following collections throughout last month – which puts it in the top three donations to the charity since it started in September.

Curves owner Bev Gellard has collected food for various local charities for eight years running, and this year decided to donate to Wokingham Foodbank, based in Rose Street.

Ms Gellard explained: “I asked all our existing members to donate, and I waived the joining fee for any new members, but asked them to donate instead. We even had a competition to see who could bring in the most food, Pauline Weston brought in 50lbs worth! We’ll be giving her a prize.”

Ms Gellard got a new list of items each week, including pasta and sugar, and enlisted the help of firefighters from Wokingham’s fire station to help carry the mountain of food to donate the food on Tuesday last week.

She added: “David Atkinson, the foodbank co-manager, was absolutely delighted with it! I think he was quite staggered when he saw what people had donated. I always like to pick a local charity, I think they do brilliant work in the community.”

Ms Gellard added that a trolley from Waitrose had been placed in the gym, which Ms Gellard had added the first items to, and had been filled over the course of the month. She added: “I went to Waitrose and asked to borrow a trolley! I took it back today, but we’re very grateful to them for loaning it to us.”

She confirmed that she would again be holding the collection in March next year, but had not yet decided which charity to support.

This puts Curves in the top three largest collections ever made to Wokingham Foodbank.

Foodbank manager David Atkinson said: “Many, many thanks to Bev, her team and all the members of Curves for this wonderful result, and particular thanks to the lads and lasses of the Berkshire fire brigade who came along to help carry it down and transport it to the foodbank.”

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