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Food appeal brings a Christmas cheer

Eastwood Advertiser presentation of food to Eastwood volunteer bureau foodbank. Marlene Seagrave, Robert Ratcliffe and Martin Hutton.

Eastwood Advertiser presentation of food to Eastwood volunteer bureau foodbank. Marlene Seagrave, Robert Ratcliffe and Martin Hutton.

Hundreds of tins, packets and boxes of food were dropped off at the Esatwood Volunteer Bureau earlier this week ready to be packed up in Christmas food parcels.

The Advertiser’s Feed Our Families campaign saw an amazing response from readers and local businesses with the office flooded with donations.

Bureau manager Sue Bagshaw said: “People have been so generous. They feel they are helping people and that’s fantastic.

“We were inundated – but it’s a nice inundated!

“The church even came in last week with little Christmas bags for people. They were full of Christmas pies, puddings and cakes, It was fantastic. It really was.”

Marlene Seagrave works at the bureau and launched the foodbank after she saw an increase in need for it three years ago.

She said: “People have even brought Christmas toys in over the last couple of weeks. The general public have been great and they have really got behind this.

“It really shows they care. The community has come together to help people who haven’t got a lot. It’s great.

Ms Seagrave – who said she gave the most bags of food ever last week – said she desperately hoped people would continue to donate after Christmas.

“I hope people don’t forget after Christmas. It is ongoing and the winter months are here.

“One woman came in with her daughter last week and gave us four bags full of food, and she said she would continue after Christmas, so that was good to hear.

 

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