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Welcome to The Raft Foundation

We are a charity formed as a community group in 2012 to serve and support the                      

community of Rossendale, Lancashire.


Our projects to date include the only Rossendale based foodbank service.


This has been achieved through the incredible support of our colleague volunteers, faith

and community groups right across Rossendale as well as from our amazing business community

who continually support what we do.










Charity No: 1191272

The Raft Foundation runs Rossendale's Foodbank! The Raft Foundation was created in Rossendale, Lancashire by local people to assist families and individuals experiencing financial hardship.

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News: 06-12-14


In the lead up to Christmas all is getting busy at Hardmans Mill and all across Rosendale.

This week we delivered 819 meals through the incredible donations coming in and the dedicated work of our volunteer teams throughout the week.


After the scenes of Black Friday we can reflect the incredible giving of our community this week.


Monday saw the beginning of our Christmas Day Dinner Hamper Scheme with vouchers being issued along with food parcels this week, already some heartfelt feedback for this project.


On Wednesday saw Pauline Riley and Mark Stapleton appearing live on air over at Radio Lancashire with the host John Gillmore promoting our hamper scheme.

Click on the link to be taken to the BBC iplayer, with Paula and Mark beginning  1 hour 19 mins and 50 seconds into the programme.


This week we received two children's bikes which volunteers will prepare and get our to two lucky children.


Children and Staff from St Pauls C of E Primary School Constablee have put together a stunning hamper which they brought down to us on Friday, thank you so much for reflecting the true spirit of Christmas.


Winter warm items for those homeless were donated by Donna McGregor, these will become part of our Ruck Sack packs , so needed at this time of year.


Camfil on top of their incredible donations to us had included this week Christmas decorations and gifts thank you for continuing support.


Friday brought a visit from Santa (looking good Dave) along with Laura Saxton from ASDA Rawtenstall presenting us with a fantastic cheque for £50.00 as part of their Community Life programme. Thank you to ASDA and everyone who placed a green coin in the box on our behalf.


We welcome four new volunteers , including Douglas the dog to our family who already have made an impact within our teams.



























Paula and Mark on Radio Lancashire The Raft Foundation BBC-iPlayer-strip-logo2

Paula Riley and Mark Stapleton on Radio lancashire promoting our Christmas Day Hamper Scheme. Click on the link below and fast forward to 1 hour, 19 mins and 50 seconds


New volunteer Douglas

Laura and the Christmas Crew

Santa's helper (Dave), Laura, Geoffrey, Dorothy, Dawn, Cynthia, Peter, Maxine, Dawn getting into the Christmas spirit.

Camfil Crew

Thank you to all at Camfil, what a donation !

StPauls Church of England Primary

Pupils from St Pauls C of E Primary School, a big thank you from us