Here in Norfolk we have a rather unusual & interesting tradition for that particular day (Valentine’s) that everyone either loves or hates! Read on for the story of Jack Valentine…
Jack Valentine was a rather mysterious character who would leave gifts and trinkets on people’s doorsteps for Valentine’s Day, knocking on a door and running away before they’d answer, people would find a gift awaiting them without knowing who the kind benefactor was! He’s known as a mischievous but kind-hearted character, & one which we don’t know much about. What we do know is that he certainly encouraged locals to give their own anonymous Valentine’s gifts, too, so this is a great way of spreading the love!
Sometimes receivers would be pranked, because their gift would be attached to some string so whenever they got close enough to grab it, the gift would suddenly be pulled away – naughty, but fun!
It’s not only adults that were recipients of the Jack Valentine tradition – children would often receive a token gift, as well. Often the givers would knock on the door and quickly run away without being seen (this is a far kinder version of the irritating games of ‘knock & run’ that we’ve probably all experienced, one way or another!)
Today I spent several hours helping to make people aware of the Trussell Trust, and hand out leaflets encouraging those who are able to, to donate a little something food wise.
People aren’t always aware that the help is there, or that donations are needed to help those who are struggling at the moment. With Trussell Trust foodbanks you do need to be signposted there, and given a bit of paper to show you’re eligible, this can be done by various places.
Once you have this you can I believe get help from them, and will get food to last you a few days. I will add a link to their website to help raise awareness, and so you can find out more information about them.
I would like to say how incredibly generous people are, and thank everyone who has donated in the past, or plans to do so in the future.
Some supermarkets have prepacked paper bags filled with items that your local foodbank is in need of, so if you are in a hurry, or are unsure what to get, pick one up and pay for it (the price will be on the bag) at the till along with your own shopping, and the supermarket will make sure the bag gets passed on to the foodbank for you.