Local allotment holders and gardeners support Surbiton Farmers’ Market’s efforts to help the homeless

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:35 24 September 2014

Carol Holmes, Dan Wheeler and Becky Mills from Joel Community Trust

Carol Holmes, Dan Wheeler and Becky Mills from Joel Community Trust

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Kingston’s homeless people are now benefiting from nourishing fresh produce thanks to a new initiative from Surbiton Farmers’ Market and local charity the Joel Community Trust.

The Surrey Life Farmers’ Market of the Year 2013 invited allotment holders and gardeners with surplus fruit and vegetables to take their excess produce along to the market on Saturday September 20, where the Joel Community Trust hosted the monthly charity stall.

The produce collected was then used to provide meals for homeless people at its permanent night shelter, located next to St Peter’s Church in Norbiton.

“Responsible for putting at least 15,000 meals on the table each year, we welcome the essential ingredients of quality fresh vegetables and fruit for our guests, adding colour and flavour to our daily living,” says Becky Mills, the Trust’s community fundraiser.

The Joel Community Trust was set up in 2010 to raise money for a permanent night shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in Kingston. The shelter provides direct support for around 100 guests each year who are facing a crisis situation, helping them to find long-term solutions, as well as offering training courses, activities and help for many others.

• Find out more about the charity’s work at www.joelcommunitytrust.org.uk.

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