Young people take relief to Spalding foodbank

HELPING HANDS: Teenagers on National Citizen Service donate food and cash to Agapecare Foodbank Spalding.
HELPING HANDS: Teenagers on National Citizen Service donate food and cash to Agapecare Foodbank Spalding.
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Young people eager to develop their personal and community action skills have poured out their hearts to families in Spalding struggling to make ends meet.

Almost 20 youngsters from across South Holland who are taking part in the voluntary National Citizen Service (NCS) programme spent eight days fundraising and collecting food donations to present to Agapecare Foodbank Spalding.

Cheryl Barrows, community engagement officer for Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership, said: “The group in question quickly agreed between themselves that they would spend their time fundraising for Agapecare Foodbank.

“They understood the charity to be a very worthwhile one in need of support and so one or two members of the group personally pushed for it.”

The NCS group gave the foodbank a cheque for almost £375, along with a range of food supplies.

Irene Davies of Agapecare Foodbank said: “A week before the donations, a group of 17 young people came in and had a tour around the foodbank where I spoke to them about how it operates.

The NCS group in question quickly agreed between themselves that they would spend their time fundraising for Agapecare Foodbank because they understood the charity to be a very worthwhile one in need of support

Cheryl Barrows, community engagement officer, Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership

“But the donations came out of the blue and it was good on the part of the group that they wanted to support us.”