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14 Apr Dorset families receive support from developer Pennyfarthing Homes

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In response to the Covid-19 crisis affecting schools and communities, we have pledged to support schools in Dorset to help them ensure that children continue to receive access to school meals during the schools’ shutdown. Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown First School and Emmanuel Middle School were delighted to receive the offer of support, which will also help the most vulnerable families in the area.

The Dorset based schools will be able to use the donations towards ensuring children who depend on them, will still receive hot dinners and meals during the crisis. At Ferndown Middle School, the donation will help boost the budget to purchase food for the schools most vulnerable families which will be just as important during the Easter break.

Pennyfarthing Homes’ Executive Chairman, Mark Adams said: “With the fear of up to 1.3 million children, entitled to free school meals, at risk of going hungry due to the coronavirus crisis, we wanted to pledge our support. We are a locally based family firm and strongly feel that at times like this, communities need to pull together and support each other as best we can. With some schools remaining open for key workers children, we thought this would be an effective and direct way to make a difference to some of the families locally who may be struggling to cope in the current climate.

“With children on Easter holidays, Ferndown Middle School is also utilising some of the funds to support the purchase of supplies for food packages to share with those families most at need so we are just happy that we are in a position to support in the hope of easing the uncertainty that some parents may be feeling. We are also continuing to reach out to other schools in the area to extend our support.”

In addition to supporting local schools, we have also made a donation to Ringwood Foodbank. These funds will directly support the foodbank teams to continue providing this service to the community in the current crisis which is needed now more than ever. In response to our donation, Dr Peter Wilmer, Honorary Treasurer of Ringwood Foodbank said: "We are very pleased to benefit from the support of Pennyfarthing Homes in these difficult times. Thank you very much indeed. I assure you that the money will be put to good use."

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