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Park supports vulnerable families with food bank donations

Hampshire-based family theme park, Paultons Park, has distributed stores of food to local community project Connect4Community during the lockdown period, helping to support vulnerable families in need.


The theme park, which is based in Ower near Romsey, has been closed since March 20th in response to Government advice to the coronavirus pandemic.


James Mancey, Operations Director of Paultons Park, commented: “At the point we had to close our doors, our catering department held large stocks of food in readiness for what we anticipated would be a busy Easter period, such as hot dogs, doughnuts, chocolates and many soft drinks.


“It was clear to us that the right thing to do was to avoid any unnecessary wastage. By donating food and drink stocks to a local community organisation which provides meals for vulnerable families, we were able to ensure that local people in need were able to benefit, too.”


During the closure, Paultons Park has also made its car parks available for mobile NHS testing. James added: “We’re happy to have been able to support the national effort against the coronavirus outbreak in this small way. Until such time as we can welcome back our staff and guests safely, we’ll continue to investigate ways we can support local and national initiatives.”


While there is no clear guidance as yet from the Government on when theme park attractions will be able to open, Paultons Park is already investigating ways it will be able to manage social distancing requirements. Initiatives already confirmed include the expansion of its existing mobile App service to support ‘virtual queueing’, meaning that guests will be able to book their place on a ride and be notified when they can board, without having to physically queue in close proximity to other people. The app will also support mobile food ordering, overcoming social distancing challenges and hygiene challenges by reducing interaction with staff.

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