The Salvation Army – Combatting poverty in Torbay this Christmas


This winter, The Salvation Army is hard at work throughout Torbay preparing over 250 Christmas Hampers for families and individuals suffering poverty this Christmas.

The Salvation Army has an over 130 year history in Torbay and is still committed in 2019 to being at the forefront of social justice and providing tangible support to those most in need across the bay. “Our Christmas present appeal is currently in full swing”, said Community Manager Andy Bichard. “Working alongside The Entertainer, Argos, Sainsburys and the generosity of the public we will be disturbing over 200 toys to 0-16 year olds, as well as the Christmas food Hampers that will give families and individuals the opportunity to make up a Christmas dinner and have something to eat over the Christmas period.

“Our referral agents, made up of social services and local support groups, are already identifying those most in need and together we are working hard to bring some joy and hope this Christmas”.

If you want to support The Salvation Army this year with toy or food donations this Christmas then we invite you to get in touch with: or on 01803 294197. Please donate new toys only and non-perishable food. It is important for any donations to be with The Salvation Army by the 6th December so there is time to prepare each hamper can be picked up by referral agents by the middle of December and disturbed to everybody by Christmas.

Toys can be left at donation points at the following Argos stores:

Argos – Union Street Torquay,
Argos – inside Sainsburys at Torquay Willows,
Argos – Inside Paignton Sainsburys, Yalberton Road.

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Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.