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Marah celebrates 21 years of feeding those in need

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Marah Trust has just celebrated 21 years of service to those in need with an event at St Laurence church.  

The event was well-attended by volunteers – past and present – and people who use Marah’s service.  Funders, trustees and representatives from partner agencies also attended, helping to ensure a happy occasion celebrating everything Marah has done for the community in Stroud over the years. 

A short church service was held by Rev Helen Hill, who also volunteers for Marah, followed by a secular reflection on Marah’s work.  Folk duo Discovery performed two songs which were very well-received.   Marah currently serves more than 7,000 meals a year to those in poverty and hunger.

IMG 92121 | Marah celebrates 21 years of feeding those in need
Marah volunteers past and present join Chair of Trustees, Jackie Natt to cut the cake. (L-R) Alie Watkins, Sue Fairley, Maria Taylor, Town Council Mayor Stella Parkes and Julian White, Housing Advice Manager, Stroud District Council 

Stella Parkes, Mayor of Stroud Town Council said: “I was delighted to be invited to the Marah celebration event as this charity does vital work in Stroud supporting marginalised people providing free meals, company and advice. For the past 21 years, they have been steadfastly working in the background to help people facing the most difficult and challenging circumstances. They are a great asset to our town.”

Jackie Natt, Chair of Marah Trustees said: “This was a lovely occasion when trustees, volunteers, supporters and Marah guests all came together to celebrate everything that Marah stands for. Long may we stay open!”

For more information, including how to volunteer or help Marah in other ways, please visit:  www.marah.org.uk

Marah provides a drop-in centre for the homeless and vulnerable of Stroud. They serve free hot meals three times a week plus sandwiches/toasties on Saturdays.

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