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Totemic Ltd provide more than 500 free meals across Newark


By Connor Thompson


More than 50 children enjoyed an end-of-summer barbecue as part of a firm’s campaign to provide more than 500 free meals across Newark during the six-week school holiday.

Employees from Totemic Ltd provided, prepared, cooked and served everything for the occasion, which included a host of healthy food as children tucked into during their final play scheme day at Balderton Scout Hut, organised by Newark and Sherwood Community Hub.

Before the barbecue, the volunteers also hosted a range of activities, including garden games, egg and spoon racing and t-shirt decorating.

Totemic employees supplying food and entertainment to children at Newark and Sherwood Community Hub, during the end of summer party at Balderton Scout Hut..Children pictured with L-R Mrs Rachel Duffey (Payplan CEO), Miss Jen Owens (Newark and Sherwood Community Hub playworker), Luke Pick (Head of engagement, Totemic) 290819DD1-2. (15891285)
Totemic employees supplying food and entertainment to children at Newark and Sherwood Community Hub, during the end of summer party at Balderton Scout Hut..Children pictured with L-R Mrs Rachel Duffey (Payplan CEO), Miss Jen Owens (Newark and Sherwood Community Hub playworker), Luke Pick (Head of engagement, Totemic) 290819DD1-2. (15891285)

Jill Musson, play scheme leader at the hub, a charity that provides play opportunities for children in the area, said: “Totemic has been a wonderful support throughout the summer and the children have loved helping to prepare and eating the food, which was a fantastic addition to their play scheme experience.”

The barbecue marked the end of Totemic’s first campaign, which included three visits to Balderton Scout Hut last week.

Totemic’s volunteers also made four visits to Coddington Primary School over the programme.

Totemic Ltd incorporates a range of financial services companies, including one of the UK’s largest free debt help providers, PayPlan, which spearheaded the campaign to support the national holiday hunger initiative.

Rachel Duffey, CEO of PayPlan, said: “As PayPlan helps thousands of people every day who are in debt, we are often approached by those who are struggling to meet basic living costs, including food and utility bills.

"The summer holidays can put an additional strain on parents’ budgets, so providing free food for local their young ones while they are away from school is just one thing we can do to help.

“Newark and Sherwood Community Hub is a super initiative and its play schemes are a wonderful way of providing fun activities and healthy food.

"It was lovely to meet the children and see them enjoying themselves and we’re already thinking about how we can help even more families next year.

“I can’t thank Totemic and its volunteers enough for the generosity, kindness and enthusiasm during all their visits. Their help has benefited so many families and we are all very grateful for the support.”



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