‘Lend a hand’ to Peasmarsh charity

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'Home grown' vegetables for Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope (HOH), is a recently launched Peasmarsh charity working in and for the local community with two main aims – to tackle loneliness and childhood obesity, through the production of locally grown, organic food. It has now announced its “Lend us a Hand” appeal for local volunteers to help achieve its aims.

The charity is undertaking a number of local activities in the community to generate vital funds required to support their projects including Man the Van, where volunteers get the chance to run a Cook Van while attending local festivals and events; Sell The Veg where help is required selling organic fruit and veg at weekly Farmers’ Markets; Grow to Show, where volunteers donate their home-grown surplus produce, and Prepare to Care, where cooking is done at home using HOH produce.

Sow To Grow involves volunteers sowing, growing and harvesting four acres of glorious East Sussex countryside and Join the Club is calling for Peasmarsh residents to come together in running a weekly seniors club in the Village Hall.

Hands of Hope has already established itself in the wider Rye community and has received a huge amount of support from local councillors, charities for the elderly and schools.

James Doran, the group’s founder, says: “Our charity will only be as strong as its volunteers which is why we’re relying on support to join us in building this voluntary community together to help the lonely and educate our children about healthy eating.”

Planned Projects Include:

Hawkhurst Community Farm and Garden is a “walled”area of land where we aim to create an all-inclusive welcoming environment for those sections of  communities that our charity supports. A place that will stimulate local school children to learn about healthy, organic food – where it comes from and how to grow it. A place where the elderly can choose what they want to do – whether to simply sit and have a chat and a cup of tea, enjoying the surroundings or to physically engage, carrying out tasks such as planting, weeding, picking or preparing. Our aim is to accommodate both the elderly and children, with the former bringing their lifelong experience and the latter their energy and enthusiasm.

Our Schools Programme sees us working hand in hand with local primary schools and colleges to fund and create a working garden, enabling young people to work with experts in the planning of a garden, where they grow and maintain the fruit and vegetables and ultimately understand how their food is produced from seed to plate – enhancing their learning by using these spaces as a “living classroom”. Our programme will benefit the schools towards achieving their educational curriculum targets and afford these establishments the opportunity to market and sell their produce in order to generate vital school funds. We are currently working with Robertsbridge Community College on The Living Garden Project.

Our Lunch Club Programme
Hands of Hope currently provide support for the Northiam Seniors club every Thursday. Northiam Seniors create an environment where all are welcome. It is a place that people look forward to attending every week. We are interested in launching Join Our Club Programme and would like to start by establishing a lunch club in Peasmarsh, as the last club was cancelled due to funding. We are genuinely interested in hearing from anyone who could offer their support or who would be interested in either attending or volunteering, either in Peasmarsh or other surrounding villages where there is a need.

For further information or to volunteer please contact us at info@hohcharity.co.uk or call Mandy Doran on 07968 333 097 or visit our website: www.hohcharity.co.uk
Hands of Hope is a registered charity number 1168016.

Photo: Mandy Doran

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