Between Christmas and the New Year, when thousands of lorry drivers were stranded in Kent, the incident response team from the South East Division of The Salvation Army was asked by Kent County Council to support the police and other emergency services as part of Operation Stack.

When the size of the situation in the County became apparent, The Kent Mark Benevolent Fund (KMBF), inline with its main objectives of benevolence and charity, rapidly donated £1,000 to assist the efforts of the Salvation Army whose volunteers prepared 2,500 lunch bags, containing a sandwich, crisps, snack bar, piece of fruit and a drink, which were distributed to lorry drivers stuck on the M20 motorway.

In thanking the KMBF and other local and national supporters, both individual and corporate including the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, Major Mark Herbert Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s South East Division Said: “This money will help us continue to swiftly bring support to the emergency services and communities in their hour of need. Our response vehicles often attend large fires or major incidents where people are left without shelter and food. Money donated to the regional appeal will be used to restock emergency supplies so the team of volunteers are ready to respond when they are next needed.”