Bedford Blues Foundation to reignite foodbank efforts this Christmas

New Club Captain, Rich Lane leant a big hand at last year's collection.

Following a huge success in 2020, the charitable arm of Bedford Blues, the Blues Foundation is once again asking the local community to assist in their huge foodbank drive.

The local community were able to deliver over 21,000 items to Bedford Foodbank last year thanks to the overwhelming support of over 200 supporters in the Blues family.

In 2020, UK-wide charity The Children’s Society estimated 850,000 families struggled with the cost of food due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local foodbanks – which provide emergency supplies to families in need – are often stretched over the festive period as families struggle to make ends meet.

While restrictions have eased this year, NGO charity The Trussell Trust anticipate the use of foodbanks are due to soar to record numbers for the third year running.

And following last year’s success, the Blues Foundation are again looking to support those in our community while taking the burden off other charities in Bedfordshire.

All donations will then be delivered to Bedford Foodbank and IMPACT Food ready for the festive period.

Blues Foundation Manager, Tom Harwood said: ”We were so thankful for the support of the #BluesFamily last year, so we are asking again that local people show their generosity and help the communities around them. This will impact on so many people, thank you.”

The Bedford Blues Rugby Ground will be open for donations between 9am and 2pm on Sunday 12th December.

Last year, a number of players also got involved in the project, including new Blues captain, Rich Lane.

Supporters are asked to make their way to Goldington Road where there will be a one-way system to drop off donations via car or walk in.

If you would like to volunteer on the 12th of December and support the event please contact Foundation Manager, Tom Harwood via

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