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Call for aid smashes £500 target raising phenomenal £8,000 for Salvation Army

Call for aid smashes £500 target raising phenomenal £8,000 for Salvation Army

Swansea Bay Golf Club captain Lester McCalmon has been doing his bit to help the needy during the coronavirus crisis – and enlisted the help of junior and adult members of his golf club. McCalmon is also the junior organiser at the club and started helping out after seeing a Facebook advert from the Salvation Army asking for support and urgent supplies.

He got help from the club proprietor and members, raising £350 within three hours – which turned out to be a good start for a campaign which has taken off with £8,000 raised and counting.

"I have also worked alongside another food bank who have supported some children and young people that I work with," said McCalmon.

"I decided to set my own Facebook appeal asking the community of Neath-Port Talbot to make small donations to help the two amazing community groups, hoping to get to £500, which would then be split between the both groups.

"The response from the general public has been not far off phenomenal. There has also been amazing support for local supermarkets and food companies during the appeal, with FEI Foods, Swansea donating 2,600 packets of microwaveable rice.

"The food bank appeal has been able to support four food banks with donations. We have also been able to recruit more than 20 volunteers to help with shopping, organising the food and delivery."

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