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Earl of Wessex volunteers at Godalming Community Store

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Earl of Wessex volunteers at Godalming Community Store

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:32pm 17th June 2020.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex has been volunteering at the Godalming Community Store. 

Prince Edward visited the Wilfrid Noyce Centre yesterday (16 June) to help with the ‘Trolley Tuesday’ donations.

Trolley Tuesday is organised by Godalming Town Council and shopping trolleys are placed at locations throughout Godalming, Farncombe, Milford, Compton and Bramley every Tuesday morning and later collected and sorted. 

The Community Store can help those in need with free basic food, personal hygiene, sanitary and domestic cleaning items. 

The Earl of Wessex Volunteers for 'Trolley Tuesday' at Godalming Community Store
The Earl of Wessex Volunteers for 'Trolley Tuesday' at Godalming Community Store

The Earl heard of the difficulties faced by many people who may have never thought they would have needed to use a food bank but had faced sudden changes to their circumstance during the pandemic.  

Prince Edward volunteered at a sorting station to help check and sort newly donated items.

He also packed and labelled meals made from donated items which were then put in the store’s fridge for customers to collect.

After serving up a socially distanced tea break for the volunteers, the Earl helped to restock the store ready for opening the following morning.  

Prince Edward thanked the volunteers for their hard work. 

Vicki Connor from the Godalming and Farncombe Coronavirus Assistance Group said it was a surprise for the volunteers: 

"They are the lifeblood of the Community Store and were absolutely amazed and surprised when The Earl of Wessex joined them and were delighted that he got stuck in to help on Trolley Tuesday, which is the busiest day of the week for the Community Store.  

"It was really pleasing that the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers and the Town Council was recognised in this way.”

If you would like to support the Community Store, you can donate on Tuesday mornings between 9.00am and 11.00am at the following locations:

  • Binscombe Church
  • St John’s Church
  • Busbridge Church
  • Milford Village Hall
  • Godalming College
  • The Borough Hall
  • Bramley Infant School
  • Compton Club
  • Long Gore
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