Devon holiday parks donate food to charities and schools
Bideford Bay, Ruda Bay and Challaborough Holiday Parks have donated £2,050 worth of food to Barnstaple Food Bank, North Devon Hospice, North Devon Freedom Centre, Caen School and Ivybridge Food Bank.
After Government instructions to shut the parks, the teams took the decision to provide essential resources to those in need as a result of the Coronavirus.
As the parks were ramping up for the start of the Easter holidays, they had full stocks of fresh items which the teams didn’t want to go to waste, and parks up and down the country have also donated household items like toilet rolls, antibacterial spray and blue roll to schools and GP/medical facilities, as well as food banks.
Social distancing and well-publicised stories of panic-buying and stockpiling mean that those who are most in need, including the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, are at risk of not being able to get hold of important supplies. There are many in the community who rely on food banks to survive, and in the current climate, food banks have been struggling to meet their demands.
Jason Hopkins, Bideford Bay Holiday Park said: “We’re all proud to be a part of the community and contribute to the local economy, so we wanted to make sure we’re still able to give back when the park is closed. We’ve all seen how much demand there has been at food banks, so we were more than happy to do our bit to support Barnstaple Food Bank.”
The company has already announced that no Parkdean Resorts employee will be made redundant as a result of Coronavirus, and the company will be paying 100% salary. The company is looking to reopen on 1st May.