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  • The Mayor's Charity Fund

    The Raft Foundation young ambassadors Jake & Mathew Burrell, Morgan Louie and Billie-Jean Harris were delighted to accept on behalf of the foundation a cheque from Rossendale Mayor Tom Aldred and Mayoress, Mrs Valerie Sanderson.

    The Raft Foundation would like to thank Major Tom Aldred and Mayoress Mrs Valarie Sanderson for supporting our walking football tournament, Duck Race held at The Masons Arms Crawshawbooth as well as our Family Christmas Party all held in 2014.

    The Mayor's Charity Fund this year identified and made donations to a number organisations working for and with young people within Rossendale.

    Indeed it was a pleasure to share the council chamber with representatives of other diverse and active third sector organisations.

    Again we would extend our thanks for donation assisting us in our work connecting communities in Rossendale.



  • The Velvet Underground Tribute Night

    Another date for your diary.

    With the support from the music community of Rossendale a benefit gig has been planned in support of The raft Foundation.

    Special thanks go to Stephen Tattersall for organising a tribute night to be held at Spring Terrace WMC on Saturday 23rd November featuring the music of The Velvet Underground.

    With many bands and vocalists from across the valley it's going to be a great night.

    Supporting the event is Rossendale Lidl who are donating a food parcel to The Raft Foundation.

    Entry on the night from 20.00 hrs is £3.00 on the door.

    Also a chance to win in the raffle is a donated signed CD from Mr Billy Bragg amongst other donated prizes.



  • The Raft Foundation Black Tie and Diamond Dinner Dance

    We are delighted to announce that supported by Tesco Haslingden on Saturday 2nd November we will be hosting a Black Tie and Diamond Dinner Dance.

    The evening will be in support of The Raft Foundations foodbank service to Rossendale as well as Diabetes UK.

    The evening will begin with a champagne reception and then a delicious 3 course dinner.

    After dinner we will be holding a casino with all proceeds raised going to support Raft Foundation and Diabetes UK shared equally as well as a disco.

    Tickets are £25.00 per person

    Dress formal

    The event begins at 7pm till late

    To book your ticket contact Colette Butler on 07525 899 636, Caroline Collins on 07874 206 854

    or email



  • Rossendale Round Table Spice Night in support of The Raft Foundation

    We are delighted to announce that Rossendale Round Table have organised a joint fundraising event to be held at The Indian Harvest Restaurant on Thursday 24th October starting at 19.30 hrs.

    The Raft Foundation along with Rossendale Rays will receive 50% of the evenings profits each.

    The Spice Night is an anual event and your support would be greatly appreciated.

    Menu includes Poppadums with chutneys Mixed Starter Lamb Karahi Chicken Curry Veg Curry Dhal Pilau Rice Nan

    Sounds yummy

    There are 70 places at the evenings event which can be booked on line

    Prices are £20.00 per person (early bird) and £25.00 thereafter)

    We would love to see as many people there as possible, so book early.

    Our thanks go out to Eric Filbin, Umar Memon and everyone at Rossendale Round Table for supporting the work we do.

    Book your ticket here



  • Wednesday update

    Awesome team effort today.

    Update 15 adults and 12 children including 3 babies benefiting from Raft Foodbank support so far this week.

    Our current urgent needs list includes:

    Cereal, Coffee, jam, crackers, dried rice, Long life milk, cordial, sweet corn, jelly, washing powder, shampoo and toothpaste.

    check out our dontation page for details of our current donation points.

    Many thanks again to all our incredible colleague / volunteers



  • To Waterfoot School a huge thank you

    This week The Raft Foundation received a lovely harvest donation from Waterfoot School garden towards this weeks fresh food donations.

    A huge thank you to the young people and staff for this beautiful gift.

    Do you have surplus in your garden or allotment...?

    If so we are located at Suite 31, Hardmans Business Centre, New Hall Hey, Rawtenstall, BB4 6HH

    Your valuable donations can be received by our team every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon

    Please consider donating to Raft Foundation foodbank service for distribution to families in need



  • The Raft Foundation team in action

    Great day at The Raft Foundation new home at Hardmans Business Centre unpacking another generous donation from St. Anne's Church Edgeside and packing up parcels for seven local families to be delivered to this evening.

    Pictured are Joseph, Jamie, Paul, Alison and Eileen getting stuck into some rewarding work.

    New items to add to our urgent list are washing up liquid, crackers and knitting wool (for blankets).

    Thanks to everyone for their kindness and support of our own local foodbank .

    We are looking forward to meeting the remainder of our new colleague / volunteers later in the week.

    Your valuable donations can be received by our team every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

    Suite 31, Hardmans Business Centre, Hew Hall Hey, BB4 6HH



  • Food bank and distribution centre relocation to Hardmans Business Centre, Rawtenstall.

    Food bank and distribution centre relocation to Hardmans Business Centre, Rawtenstall.

    The Raft Foundation is delighted to announce that Hurstwood has come to the rescue and generously offered to provide free of charge and for 12 months accommodation at Hardmans Business Centre for the foodbank store as from 4th August. The foodbank store was formerly located at Haslingden Market.

    Negotiations between Nicola Johnstone of Hurstwood and Mark Stapleton of The Raft Foundation have resulted in a sustainable base upon which The Raft Foundation can provide its range of services to the Rossendale community including its present Food Bank service.

    Vice Chair of The Raft Foundation – Mark Stapleton

    “The generosity and support of Hurstwood Chairman, Stephen Ashworth and the senior management team of Hurstwood is overwhelming and has now provided a base on which to develop and deliver long term sustainable services to the Rossendale community.

    Working with Hurstwood and developing continuing links within the Rossendale business community with many who already provide us with incredible support, we believe is an essential process in building sustainable development and support systems within Rossendale for the benefit of the whole community.

    Our work equally relies on strong links with faith/community groups, statutory bodies as well as an incredible colleague / volunteer network across the whole of Rossendale.

    On behalf of all those who support or benefit from The Raft Foundation we would like to thank Stephen Ashworth and Hurstwood for their generous gift"

    Stephen Ashworth – Chairman, Hurstwood

    “We are delighted to offer our support to a Rossendale based organisation and wish them every success in their continued efforts. Being founded in Rossendale, the work done by Raft has a deeper resonance as the Company’s home is and will always remain in the Valley”

    Nicola Johnstone, Hurstwood

    “Being from and living in Rossendale, I am pleased to be in a position to support the Raft Foundation and the work they do. Both Hurstwood and myself echo and champion the values and methods by which The Raft Foundation seeks to support those in need within our community.”



  • The Raft Foundation Relocates

    The Raft Foundation is relocating on Sunday 4th June to our new distribution centre located at Hardmans Business Centre, New Hall Hey Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 6AJ

    The move will take place between 1.00 and 5.00 PM.

    If you would like to come along, assist and get to know more about what we do then please come along.

    The move will require our existing food bank store, refrigeration as well as racking and packing systems to be relocated from Haslingden Market to the Hardmans Business Centre



  • As-salamu alaykum to the friends of Majid Balaal

    As-salamu alaykum to the friends of Majid Balaal.

    Everyone at The Raft Foundation would like to thank for your generous donation of £140.00

    This has resulted in a restock of much needed food supplies to our food store on Manchester Road in Haslingden.

    Shukran Jazeelan, Ramadan Mubarak



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