A helping hand to the community

Earlier this summer, the British Honorary Consul for Madeira, Joy Menezes, and the British Consul, Simona Demuro, held the Queen’s Birthday Reception for a small group of guests at Palheiro Golf Club in Funchal, Madeira.

What was slightly different about this year’s event was that all the guests were asked to bring an item of non-perishable food with them to donate to the Food Bank (Banco Alimentar).

Guests were generous, bringing not just one item but bags full of food.

Dra Fátima Aveiro, the director of the Madeira branch of the Banco Alimentar, who was also invited to the event, said: “An item of food from someone’s cupboard will make little difference to them but it will mean so much to people who have no food to eat.”