Our Summer issue can be found at our distribution points across the city and is also available to download here:
When we first published in 2015, we never expected Winchester Magazine to become such a key part of the community. But 22 issues on we’re proud to say that we’ve made a big difference in the city – not only because we’ve created a quality publication that people really want to read, but also because through our huge Facebook following* we’ve been able to do some pretty impressive things.
Over the last 18 months, and mainly through our followers, we’ve facilitated freezers and fridges for intensive care and specialist beds for end-of-life care at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, 600 gifts for local carers, thousands of treats and drinks for Covid-contact NHS staff, art materials for locked-down prisoners at Winchester Prison, grant funding for food for vulnerable people, doughnuts for bus drivers, daily bread runs for the Community Pantry and tens of smaller things that have made a big difference to lives across Winchester.
We’ve supported city businesses with free Facebook posts to help them get back on their feet again. And we’ve done all of this at a time when we’ve worked for a reduced income ourselves.
Staying true to our commitment to only publish positive news, both in print and on social media, we’ve shared story after story of people going above and beyond for others and have seen these posts receive high numbers of likes and comments as a result.
We were delighted to receive a Point of Light Award from 10 Downing Street at the start of the year in recognition of our work supporting the city through the pandemic.
We’re often the only local media to attend charity and community events, and it’s because of this, and because we’re prepared to roll our sleeves up ourselves, that we have so many pictures of local heroes during lockdown. This issue as in our last issue, we’ve dedicated a section of the magazine to their contribution to the community. You’ll see more of them on our community mural at The Brooks Shopping Centre.
Supporting local businesses has never been more important – and we’re absolutely committed to doing that ourselves. Continuing to supporting each other is even more important and we hope that you will join us via our regular Facebook appeals to do just that.
*Winchester Magazine has over 9,700 Facebook followers – more than any other city publication.
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