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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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Fed with a bed, fridge, a cup, a plate, bedding, a chair and a table


A special thanks to our dedicated volunteers who when delivering one of our parcels listened and discovered that what was needed was more than just food.


Our support of this client could only have occurred with the help of our growing network allowing us the privilege of supporting those in crisis need.  


Soapbox Racing


It was great to be able to support Maxine, Sharon and Philip down at Stubbyleee on Saturday.


Together with Lancashire Road Riders we were able to link with a new volunteer and gain an increasing understanding of our incredible community of Rossendale.


Thanks go to everyone who bought a raffle ticket in our Tombola as well as to Eleanor and Vincent for their donation.


A great autumn day in Rossendale


Fuel poverty


A change in seasons brings the issue of fuel poverty centre to our thoughts.


The Raft Foundation this week alone following requests delivered four volunteer knitted



If you want to join us and knit for Rossendale then come along to our next volunteer meeting at Hardmans Mill on 6th November to find our more.


Woof, meow, grrrr


Seven of our  four legged friends also received support this week with food parcels being supplemented on request. We say thank you to Bleakholt and Rossendale responsible Pets as well as our donators for understanding that a loved family member can have four legs as well.


38th Rossendale Beaver Colony


This week we received a visit from 38th Rossendale Beaver Colony as part of their friendship challenge.


We shared a wonderful evening listening and talking about our community and how we help and support each other. Some very interesting questions from the beavers  gave us an insight to some very well informed young people who hold a strong view of family and community.







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Harvest Time:


This week we again received some more incredible donations at this Harvest time.


Our heartfelt thanks go out to St Saviours Church Bacup, St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School Whitworth and St Peters R C Primary School Newchurch who this week gathered an incredible amount of food.


Your harvest collections will be distributed directly back into those in crisis need within Rossendale.


On behalf of those families and individuals we say thank you.


Also this week received a lovely message in the week from Chair of Governors at Tor View School to confirm the Raft Foundation has been adopted as the local cause to support at this year's Harvest.


Thank you everyone who thinks of working with us to support our community all year round


Hot off the press:


See our article in this week's Rossendale Free Press all about the upcoming walking football event


I have started so I'll finish


We had a cracking night out at Rossendale Round table quiz night on Thursday supporting the amazing work done by Rossendale Rays. Our team consisting of Julie, Nicola, Richard and Mark put up a brave fight but alas did not rise to win.


This fun and at times surreal quiz never failed to raise a smile.


We have to reflect the incredible quiz master talents of Paul Mulderrigs who announced that we all raised just over £400.00


Put us down for next year folks.









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News: 12/10/14


38th Rossendale Beavers Raft Foundation Harvest Time A Rossendale Harvest