Homelessness is something we hear about and, for some, experience. The lack of a hot meal, shower, haircut or even someone to talk to is reality for those facing homelessness in our borough…

The Binfield Lighthouse Program, run by Amanda Thrower and her team, has continued to support the homeless, vulnerable and those in need, even under very difficult circumstances during the Pandemic. They have helped individuals with food and warmth, supporting from 15 up to 115 individuals at times – some of whom are very young families.

Local initiatives have been put in place by Bracknell Forest Council to help rough sleepers and they were provided with rooms in sheltered accommodation and bed & breakfasts.  Whilst this is fantastic news, there remains a need to support them with food and cooking.  Many of them have access to a kettle and shared microwave but sadly not everyone has access to cooking facilities.  The program provides home cooked meals along with essential supplies and approximately 300 balanced meals, long life drinks and basic toiletries are being delivered on a weekly basis to those in need.

The program survives on monetary donations, the generosity of local contributions, and individuals who give their time and energy to cook, pack and deliver.  Winter is always expected to be very tough, with increased need and limited facilities. Your continued support is invaluable.  

The group is run by volunteers every Tuesday from 6pm – 9pm at St. Mark’s Church. If you would like to help, you would be welcome. Please contact Amanda on Tel: 07825 341559 or email: amanda.thrower@hotmail.co.uk

Please see the latest copy of the Beacon for any supplies which would be helpful, and monetary donations would also be very gratefully received. Please click here for details on how to make a one-off donation, and please include “Lighthouse” as a reference.

Below are a few testimonials from some of the people the project has supported…

“I’m really enjoying eating meat because I can’t afford it. I love the chilli and the burrito meals”

“Hi Amanda, there is nothing that I don’t like that you deliver.  I am enjoying ALL the meals. There is not a single thing I would not want to receive.  Know that every single bit of effort your side is worth it from myside.    I don’t have any Christmas meal planned, if I can get involved somehow, I would like to”

“Just ringing to say thank you for the gorgeous foods, I eat two meals at once when they arrive on a Tuesday”

“Thank you again so, so much, the foods and extras are very much appreciated.  I can’t wait to get back on my feet again, but now please believe me when I tell you that you’re helping save my life (from myself)”

“Thanks Amanda and Team, without all the foods that you deliver I don’t know how we would feed the children.  Before you helped us, I sent the children to neighbours for a jam sandwich because our shelves were empty”

“You can send more curry love, thanks again”

“Sometimes I think you are a real Angel; the food came at the right time just when I needed the help”

“When I can, when this period is behind me, I will help you as you have helped me!!

Lighthouse Colouring Competition 

Amanda Thrower is currently running a Binfield Lighthouse colouring competition!  To enter, just print Lighthouse Colouring Comp Mar 21 featuring the Lighthouse Program logo, and colour and decorate it to create your own scene. There will be a prize for the winner in two categories: Ages 6 and under and Ages 7 – 11.

Return a pdf scan of your entry to amanda.thrower@hotmail.co.uk or drop your page to the Lighthouse food donation drop off at Oakmede Place on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11-3pm (inside the KDL Pizza Ltd office reception area, by the Co-op).

Please include the artist’s name, age and a contact number.
Closing date for entries is 28th March 2021