When Swindon Foodbank, the charity that feeds people experiencing difficult times, faced its own crisis, there was a tremendous show of public support.
Foodbank collects food donations at supermarkets and churches and banks it ready to give to people who are experiencing hardship. The charity made a public appeal for help when it needed to quickly replace its van which had to be returned when the lease hire company requested a final payment almost £3000 higher than anticipated.
Project Manager, Richard Belsham was amazed at the response to the appeal. £5000 has been donated by the general public and support from small businesses raised an additional £13000 to pay for a new van. Marketing company, Creative Rush, and One Step Joinery have committed to meet the van's running costs for the next three years.
"People came up to us at the Co-op and pressed money into our hands," said Richard. "Quite a few of the donors said that Foodbank had helped them in the past three years and they wanted to help others in difficult situations."
In the past twelve months, there has been a 15% increase in the numbers of people calling on the Foodbank for help and demand looks set to rise in the New Year. "Somebody said to me that the only light they could see at the end of the tunnel is another train coming the other way," said Richard.
Fortunately, donations have also increased and there are enough stocks of food to last until February when supermarket collections will restart.
Charity ball to boost Foodbank stocks
Tickets are on sale for Out of the Blue, a charity ball in aid of Swindon Foodbank on 6 March at Menzies Hotel. Call 08444 154880 or www.fab-1.org.uk