Martial arts open day re-stocks Hedge End food bank

Jo Helesfay-Evans of CKD4Health with her trolley of essentials for the Food CentreAn open day at the West End based Health and Fitness organisation, Choi Kwang Do 4 Health, has recently raised over £160 for Hedge End Food Centre.

The event was held at the Choi Kwang Do academy, which is conveniently located over Asda in West End. It featured demonstrations, games, face painting and a raffle. At the end of the open day, the proceeds were taken downstairs to Asda,  converted into many essential items and delivered to the Food Centre in Hedge End.

The beneficiaries of the open day, the Hedge End Food Centre, helps families and individuals with essential food supplies during a financial crisis and has been operational since the beginning of June 2013. It is supported by “Churches Together ” in the Southern Parishes area and has various food collection points which are based at Kings Community Church in Hedge End, at the West End Parish and Hedge End Town Council offices, at Budgens in Hedge End and Londis in West End. There are also some collection points within the aforementioned Churches, within the Southern Parishes area.

To receive a handout you have to be referred to the Hedge End Food Centre, but there are about 60 different referral agencies locally. These include local Church leaders, GPs, children services, vulnerable adult services, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus at Eastleigh. The role of those agencies is to contact the Hedge End Food Centre, either by phone or by voucher, to inform them of personal details and needs.

The Hedge End Food Centre is open every Thursday in the welcome area at Kings Community Church (KCC) from 10am to 1.30pm. From March 10th 2014  the Food Centre will also be open on Mondays.

Jo Helesfay-Evans of CKD4Health with Beryl Lawrence of the Food Centre

The Hedge End Food Centre requires regular food donations and these can be brought to Kings Community Church from Monday to Friday 09.00-16.30 or on a Sunday morning from 09.30-12.00 and placed in the trolley near the main entrance.  Donations must be non-perishables and in-date.

Financial donations are also welcome, as are more volunteers to help serve in the team on a rota basis. Further information on how to donate to the food centre can be found at, or e-mail

Choi Kwang Do (CKD) is a modern form of exercise and self-defence. Based on up to date knowledge of sports physiology and biomechanics, CKD was developed from a more traditional martial art by the founder Kwang Jo Choi. This popular and progressive family friendly system welcomes ladies, men, girls and boys and caters for all abilities from 3-90 years old. More information about Choi Kwang Do and how to experience the health and fitness benefits can be found on their website .

Academy owner and Chief Instructor, Greg Evans said.

“Health, fitness and hence nutrition are at the heart of Choi Kwang Do, and assisting local families most in need of the basic essentials is a fitting way for us to help our community“

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.