It’s been a long wait, but finally the Lewes Pound is able to give out all the Lewes Pounds that accumulated from Donate-A-Drink before the pandemic lockdowns. They will be going out to people using the three Lewes food banks just before the school summer holidays. This will enablie families to plan a treat, whether it is an outing to see a film at Depot, buy some good sausages to go on a barbecue or anything ese that the many local businesses that accept the LP can provide.

The Lewes Pound is more than just money. Yes, you can spend it to support local businesses, but we also want to highlight the climate emergency, celebrate the many things – like – Patina – that are really great about Lewes and do our bit for social justice in Lewes. That’s why we set up the Donate-a-drink scheme with Depot and we are thrilled it is back supporting our community.

Even better the Donate-A-Drink scheme is now back in operation at Depot. You can ask to donate £3 when you pay with cash at the bar or box office, but you can also donate when you use the Hopt app to order food and drink – just search under bar and then coffee. Please consider doing this to support people less able to enjoy such small treats. It makes such a difference to them.

Carmen Slijpen from Depot says, “It is wonderful that the Lewes Pound has finally been able to give out envelopes of LP25. We have meanwhile been building stronger links with the foodbanks ourselves by offering free ‘school’ meal vouches and free film tickets for families in the holidays. The uptake of this is better each time and it is wonderful to finally be able to make our venue more accessible to people with less means than most.”


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