Chartwell House Celebrates Success of 2nd Annual Festive Food Pantry

Chartwell House by Boutique Care Homes is delighted to announce the triumphant success of its 2nd Annual Festive Food Pantry, held in collaboration with the Parish of St Laurence. Despite the challenging weather on Saturday, 9th December, at St Laurence Church Hall, the event surpassed all expectations, leaving an indelible mark on the local community.


Amidst the pouring rain, the resilience of our community shone brightly. One poignant moment captured the essence of the day: an elderly gentleman, aided by his walking frame, braved the elements to collect donated food for his wife. These provisions were more than food; they were a gift of dignity, ensuring access to meals that might have otherwise been out of reach.

The impact of the Festive Food Pantry extended beyond the event itself. Families in need expressed profound gratitude, with one lady describing the support as something that “had literally made her Christmas.” Such heartfelt responses underscored the significance of the initiative in brightening the holiday season for those facing food poverty.

This year, in the spirit of giving, remaining provisions found a new home at Newington Community Primary School. With 650 children under their care, the school identified 21 families in need of support. The donations were met with overwhelming appreciation, as the school staff shared their plans to continue providing food to families throughout the Christmas holidays. Emotional and excited, they expressed gratitude for the opportunity to support children and their families during this festive season.

Ameet Kotecha, Founder and Managing Director of Boutique Care Homes, affirmed the commitment to the cause, stating, “Boutique Care Homes were proud to contribute £250 of Tesco Vouchers towards the Festive Food Pantry. It’s a small gesture with great impact, and we’re proud of our team’s dedication to such a worthy cause.”

Jude Coveney, Admissions Manager of Chartwell House, shared her thoughts on the profound impact of the initiative, stating, “Witnessing the direct impact on families in need has been truly heartwarming. The Festive Food Pantry goes beyond providing meals; it brings hope and joy to those who need it most. It’s a testament to the strength of our community and the power of compassion.”

Chartwell House extends sincere thanks to our valued contributors for the 2nd Annual Festive Food Pantry: Iceland, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco Extra, Caremark, Elite Care, and Hogmens Butchers. Whose generous donations were instrumental in bringing holiday cheer to families in need.

For those who wish to learn more, contribute, or participate in future initiatives, please contact Chartwell House by calling 01843 264 896. The success of the 2nd Annual Festive Food Pantry reinforces the collective strength of community spirit, reminding us all that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference during the holiday season.