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Helpers bring foodbank royal seal of approval

Agapecare Foodbank team leader Irene Davies with volunteers from The Prince's Trust who donated to this year's Christmas Appeal.

Agapecare Foodbank team leader Irene Davies with volunteers from The Prince's Trust who donated to this year's Christmas Appeal.

The 2012 Agapecare Foodbank Christmas Appeal has had a right royal boost from volunteers with The Prince’s Trust in South Holland.

A group of young people from the charity spent several hours on Thursday with staff from the foodbank at The Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, Spalding, helping to pack food parcels and serve meals to needy people in the area.

They also brought a healthy supply of festive treats, including mince pies, Christmas puddings and chocolates, which will go out to hundreds of desperate families this Christmas time.

Leigh Perkins, team leader for The Prince’s Trust, said: “We have a number of volunteers doing various activities in the local area as part of our Team Challenge project.

“When we started to look around for things to do in South Holland, we found out about the foodbank’s Christmas appeal and how it helps people in the community.

“We’ve worked with foodbanks before in Lincoln so we know that people are finding it really hard to build up enough of a food supply in the current economic climate.”

The volunteers’ visit came just as the foodbank’s annual Christmas appeal got under way, with residents once again being asked to donate extra items of food, toiletries and small toys to people less fortunate than themselves.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian has again joined forces with the foodbank to ask you to make this year’s appeal extra special by adding festive favourites like cranberry sauce, Christmas cake and chocolate logs to your shopping list.

Leigh said: “We were able to raise some funds during our 12-week Team Challenge project and thought it would be good to provide some food for the appeal.

“One of our volunteers, Alex Howard, has been helped by the foodbank in the past and he was very glad to give a contribution back to people in the community who are in that situation.”

Alex (18), from Holbeach, said: “I live in a hostel myself and know what it’s like to go without food, so I didn’t mind volunteering at the foodbank.

“I’ve had food parcels from the centre in Long Sutton two or three times throughout the past year when I’ve needed help myself, so it was good to help others who are struggling because I know how it feels to be like that.

“It would be good to see people donate even a small amount of food to the appeal.”

 

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