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Changed lives by food appeal

Geoffrey Appleyard opens The Barber Shoppe, Holbeach, up to Community Larder volunteers Mandy Walker and Yvonne Husband.

Geoffrey Appleyard opens The Barber Shoppe, Holbeach, up to Community Larder volunteers Mandy Walker and Yvonne Husband.

Just one knock at the door will turn a terrible Christmas for people and families in South Holland into a memorable one because of you.

That’s because Guardian readers have once again come to the aid of those in our community hit by redundancy, unemployment, family breakdown and sudden illness, with little or no money to buy food.

The response from readers to this year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal has left volunteers at foodbank centres in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton so inundated that there are enough supplies to last well into the new year.

Irene Davies, team leader for Agapecare Foodbank at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, said: “We’ve had lots of donations coming in this week from various individuals, companies and churches, including 25kgs of cheese, fruit, vegetables and Christmas food.

“Sainsbury’s allowed us to hold two collections at their store in Spalding and our trolleys were overflowing with food.

“We’ve also had a lot of pet food from people who have been extremely generous yet again, considering the economic conditions we’re in, so we’re extremely grateful for everything we’ve been given.”

Rev Rosamund Seal of Holbeach Community Larder said: “I’m very pleased with the way our foodbank has taken off since we opened in September and we have a really mix of people working together to help the vulnerable in Holbeach.

“Food is such a basic need and there’s something very central to the human instinct that if people are hungry, then the community feeds them.

“But there’s something wrong with a society that relies on foodbanks and people mustn’t lose sight of that.”

Jeanne Sibley of Agapecare Foodbank, Long Sutton, said: “Donations have been flooding in, including Christmas items, and everybody in Long Sutton has really responded to our appeal to give food.”

 

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