Local Business man, Andy Lavery pulls it out the bag again, supporting local families to enjoy some Christmas cheer. During October half term 2020, Andy asked his pals to donate money to support families in need. This time, Andy has managed to raise a whopping £7,400, which has paid for ASDA vouchers for anyone struggling to buy food or other essentials this Christmas.
The soon to be dad, and Dawn Breakers founder Andy, turned to his Facebook back in October to encourage his friends and local businesses to dig deep. He felt passionately about supporting families after the Governments decision to not support free school meals over the half term. The generosity of the community raised a hugely impressive £9,000 in a matter of days, putting food in the mouths of over 130 families.
This Christmas, Andy’s aim was to provide £100 Asda vouchers to those in need.
Andy noted that “its certainly not going to solve poverty, but after a really awful year for so many, all I’m asking is that the local business community come together , put their hands in their pockets, and give whatever they can spare for those who have very little” he went on to say that “it will mean, at the very least , for that one day of a whole year , they can load their table, forget some of their worries, and celebrate with loved ones”
Andy said “The pandemic has meant that more children than ever will wake up this Christmas on the poverty line. Last week, Save the Children reported that 60% of families on universal credit have had to drastically cut down on food and other basic essentials, with a 1/3 of them relying on charities for food and clothes.”
This week Andy has released details of collection points after raising the money for local families.
If you are a family in need all you have to do is turn up at the venues below in the hours stated along with your I.D and proof of address.
In a statement made on Andy’s Facebook he said “please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help, just pop in and get your voucher. No questions asked”.
FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER- Dawn Breakers HQ: 20 Burnel Gate, West Portway, SP10 3SL between the hours of 11.30am -3.30pm
SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER- Andover Aesthetic Practitioners; Reasons Fitness, 1 Parnell Court, East Portway, Sp10 3LX between the hours of 8am -1pm
SUNDAY 20th DECEMBER- Canto Gelato, 25 High Street, Andover Sp10 1LJ between the hours of 10am -2pm
Local businesses who have been involved in the ‘Christmas drive’ include:
Andover Radio/Love Andover
Quilter Finacial Advisors
Ranson and Houghton Solicitors
Web Squared limited
The Carpet cleaning Lady