Donations arriving for Christmas Foodbank Appeal

Promoting this year's Christmas Foodbank Appeal at The Market House in Long Sutton are (from left) Father Jonathan Sibley, Keith Davies, Rita Gibbs, Steve Kattner, Irene Davies, Jeanne Sibley, Ray Fawcett and Ann McDonald.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Promoting this year's Christmas Foodbank Appeal at The Market House in Long Sutton are (from left) Father Jonathan Sibley, Keith Davies, Rita Gibbs, Steve Kattner, Irene Davies, Jeanne Sibley, Ray Fawcett and Ann McDonald. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The first donations of food for this year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal have arrived at the Guardian’s offices in Spalding this week.

Your generosity will help to brighten the festivities for hundreds of struggling individuals and families in South Holland, the Deepings and villages south of Boston.

This year’s appeal got off to an encouraging start when food brought to harvest festivals at schools and churches throughout the area was passed on to foodbanks in Spalding, Long Sutton, Holbeach, Sutterton, Deeping St James and Sutton Bridge.

Jeanne Sibley, centre manager at The Market House in Long Sutton, said: “The community is responding so generously with donations to the foodbank and volunteers here are taking two collections a week to Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding which is great news.

“Our local councillors are supporting the Agapecare Foodbank in Long Sutton and, as usual, they are also helping us to gather names of those who would appreciate special help over the Christmas period.

“The Long Sutton community is always very aware that the need goes on after Christmas as the church hall holds emergency supplies for those who are in need outside of The Market House’s hours.

“Many thanks to all those who are busy in supporting us.”

You can donate food, toiletries, clothing, seasonal items and children’s toys between now and December 23 at the following collection points:-

Spalding: Agapecare Foodbank, The Lighthouse Church, Haverfield Road; Sainsbury’s, Holland Market; Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent (Monday to Friday, 10am until 2pm); Gap, Springfields Outlet Shopping, Camelgate, Spalding, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, Sheep Market.

Pinchbeck: Morrison’s, Wardentree Lane.

Holbeach: All Saints Church, Church Street; The Barber Shoppe, High Street; Budgens Department Store, Fleet Street; Holbeach Community Larder, The Reading Rooms, Church Street (Fridays only between 10am and 2pm).

Moulton: All Saints Church, High Street.

Long Sutton: The Market House, Market Street; St Mary’s Church, off Market Place.

Sutton Bridge: St Matthew’s Church, Bridge Road (10am until 3pm).

Sutterton: St Mary’s Church, Station Road.

Deeping St James: Priory Church, Church Gate; The Deepings School, Park Road (Mondays and Fridays, 4pm until 6pm).

Market Deeping: St Guthlac’s Church, Church Street.