Donations mean Spalding’s theft-hit foodbank can bounce back

Businessman James Malkin (front) with foodbank volunteers Irene Davies, Maria Ramalho, Cheryl Doyle, Audrey East, Chas Sandhu and Jenny Collard. SG150316-111TW
Businessman James Malkin (front) with foodbank volunteers Irene Davies, Maria Ramalho, Cheryl Doyle, Audrey East, Chas Sandhu and Jenny Collard. SG150316-111TW
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Our story about the burglary at Spalding’s Agapecare Foodbank and theft of food for the needy prompted a massive response from well-wishers who donated food and more than £700.

Pinchbeck Baptist Church minister’s wife Nancy Kinnersley held up a copy of last Thursday’s Spalding Guardian at two services on Sunday and spoke about the raid.

The combined congregations totalled 38 people, who gave a fantastic £250, and the tiny church added £200 from its funds to make a £450 donation to the foodbank.

Mrs Kinnersley said: “We thought probably in the end the foodbank would end up with more being given back because God gives abundantly when there’s a need and I think that is exactly what has happened.”

Spalding businessman James Malkin, of JEM Building and Construction Ltd, was one of the first to step in with a £175 donation.

He heard about the theft on Facebook and said: “You just don’t expect it. It’s not the sort of thing you expect to happen.”

Foodbanks help people who are in crisis and people from all walks of life can find themselves in that position at any time.

James (38) said he and wife Tasmin (31) needed help not that long ago, when they didn’t have a lot of money.

“We used to go to Tasmin’s dad’s house and he was our foodbank,” said James.

Foodbank volunteers celebrated on Tuesday when James visited their base at The Lighthouse Church to write out his cheque.

They then heard about the Pinchbeck Baptist Church donation and a further donation of £100 from a local couple.

There were other offers of food and help, including someone who volunteered a monthly donation.

Foodbank coordinator Irene Davies said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by everybody’s support.”

Pastor Chas Sandhu, who discovered the break-in, hopes there won’t be a repeat of the theft.

He said: “If people are desperate for food, they are more than welcome to come and ask us at the foodbank.”

Mr Sandhu is also delighted by the community spirit that’s seen so many people rallying round to help.

“We are grateful to the community who are caring and want to support people who are in need,” he said.

• About four or five crates of food went missing in the raid with 50 tins in each crate.

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