2016-2017 Q4 newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.

Nourish has been extremely busy over the past 3 months and we just want to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters, funders, donors and volunteers, without whom we could not continue to provide help to local people in crisis in Tunbridge Wells, South Tonbridge and the surrounding areas.

Nourish Update

by Paul Haines and Olga Johnson ( Co-Chairs )

The last 3 months of 2016-2017 have seen a consistent demand for our service with 237 individual and 221 family bags being distributed to people in crisis.

With the ongoing demand for our support, we have been increasing our regular food donors and have now increased our storage at Big Yellow even further. We now have four units and our van is now a permanent fixture. The increased costs have led us to launch our new regular giving campaign where you can donate the equivalent of a Meal-A-Month and help us remain sustainable and plan for the future.
Times Of Tunbridge Wells 5th April 2017

The move into Tonbridge is going well and we now have several food partners locally and have donation points at Iceland, Lloyds and Sainsburys. In the six months since our launch on 1st October we have delivered 96 family bags, 67 Individual bags. We now supply start up parcels, move on parcels and crisis parcels to all the Bridge Trust residents in both Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. We are still on the look out for a local butcher in Tonbridge to help us provide fresh food vouchers to local beneficiaries. If you can help then please get in touch.

We held an open day on 18th March and had loads of interest. We have signed up 3 drivers and 2 other volunteers and we have also had some corporate interest in supporting us. Don't worry if you missed out; we will be holding another open day later in 2017!

Volunteering from groups and corporates has continued and we have had several teams in to help us sort food, clean the units and weigh in stock. If you would like to get involved then please see our website at
We are now looking forward to our fundraising events in 2017 (See below) and if you would like to get involved in any fundraising for Nourish then we have just published our new fundraising pack to give you loads of information and ideas.
Fundraise For Us
We would like to express a huge Thank You once again to all our volunteers, supporters, donors and funders for all the help and support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Paul Haines and Olga Johnson

A Fond Farewell

After almost five years of amazing support, we say goodbye to one of our original volunteers, Laurel Soden, Laurel has been a volunteer for Nourish all through our journey from the very first days.

Laurel has been a delivery driver, packer, joint warehouse manager, collection point volunteer and has trained many a volunteer in the ways of the charity and what we do. She has volunteered at least once a week and for a time two or three in all weathers and with her trusty fingerless gloves has given us her precious time with love and passion, all to help us support our many clients.

She has packed bags for cash donations, sold cakes, manned tombolas, and helped on the many stalls and fundraisers we have led over the last four and a half years. We are really sorry to see her go and looking at the list of all shes done its hard to imagine how we will manage without her!

We will miss you Laurel but sure as a passionate supporter of Nourish we will manage to keep you at social events. From all at Nourish, both past and present, we would like to say a huge thank you and good luck for your future volunteering, they are very lucky to have someone as special as you on their team.

Funding News

Childrensalon Charitable Fund

Nourish is honoured to be one of the first recipients of a donation from the new Childrensalon charity.

The monthly donation throughout 2017 will enable us to continue to provide emergency food and support to people in need in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and the surrounding areas.


Support us in the Co-op local community fund

Join the Co-op and you have the chance to support us in the local community fund until October 2017. If you select Nourish as your local cause the we will receive 1% of the total you spend on Co-op own branded items. You also get 5% back to spend yourself!!

Find Out More

Nourish launches new regular giving campaign

Help us support those in crisis in Tunbridge Wells, South tonbridge and the surrounding areas by donating a Meal-A-Month or by Buying-A-Bag


Sign Up

Mummy From The Heart visits Nourish

The local blogger visited Nourish to find out about what we do and how our funding from Sports Relief Community Cash in 2016-2017 to buy 7 Clax trolleys has helped us.

Read the blog post here

Tunbridge Wells Round Table Choose Nourish

Huge thanks to the Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table for choosing to fund Nourish for the second year as part of their generous charity giveaway.

The funds will go towards funding our new large 300sqft unit at Big Yellow Self Storage for 2017/2018.


Fundraising, Collections and Events

I, Daniel Blake @ Trinity

Trinity Theatre helped to support Nourish at their showing of I, Daniel Blake on January 22nd at 17:00 with a collection.

We collected a fantastic 175.80Kgs of food!


Lush Charity Pot Party

Huge thanks to everyone who dropped into LUSH in Royal Victoria Place on 25th February 2017 and bought our charity pots at the LUSH Charity Pot Party.

We raised a fab £311.25

Lantern Parade 2017

Check out our fantastic Nourish lantern which joined the parade through Tunbridge Wells on 4th February.

Loving the "magic beans"

Upcoming Events

20th Annual Dragon Boat Race

9th September 2017 9am-5pm

The Nourishers will be taking to the water for the 20th annual Dragon Boat Race at Bewl Water.

Come along and support us on the day or if you fancy rowing then find out more here

Casino Night 2017 #LuckyForSome

Friday 13th October 2017

Save the date for our Annual Casino Night fundraiser in conjunction with Childrensalon.

This year we are going bigger and better at Salomons Estate

Keep an eye out for updates and we will let you know when tickets go on sale!

Find out more about the event and how to donate a prize here

Get Involved

Want To Help?

If you would like to get involved with fundraising, volunteering or would like to set up a food collection for Nourish, please give us a call on 01892 548 892 or contact us by email:

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