Generous Spalding Guardian readers have come to the aid of unemployed and struggling people in South Holland and other parts of southern Lincolnshire ahead of Easter.
Our first-ever Easter Foodbank Appeal has touched the hearts of people who have been willing to think of others less fortunate than themselves ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
There’s a sense that being available to help someone through their circumstances is an opportunity for us to feel grateful for the fact that people aren’t on their ownRev Rosamund Seal, vicar of Holbeach
However, there is still time to donate tinned food, milk, biscuits, soft drinks, cereal and rice to foodbanks in Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Gosberton, West Pinchbeck, Crowland, Deeping St James, Bourne and Sutterton.
Jeanne Sibley, centre manager for Long Sutton Market House where the town’s foodbank is based, said: “During this year, the importance of the foodbank has been highlighted by a family who we helped three years ago.
“They came back to arrange their wedding which took place in St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, after the foodbank had helped them through a difficult circumstance and they were then able to celebrate their life being back on track.
“Another good news story concerns a woman who now lives in another part of the country but who, whenever she comes back to the area, makes donations by using the foodbank’s collection point at St Mary’s after it helped out her mum and kept her going through a difficult period.”
Similar stories of people who were helped during times of unemployment, bereavement, illness, low income, benefit changes and debt can be told by volunteers at Holbeach Community Larder, open at The Reading Rooms, Church Street, Holbeach, on Fridays between 11am and 2pm.
Rev Rosamund Seal, vicar of Holbeach, said: “There are occasions when we get a sense that being available to help someone through their circumstances is an opportunity for us to feel grateful for the fact that people aren’t on their own.
“Our volunteers are made up of a huge mix of people, all of whom have found a purpose in life through a commitment to our foodbank, cafe and credit union in Holbeach.”
Donations of food can be taken to churches over the Easter weekend, including St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding, All Saints Church, Holbeach, St Mary’s, Long Sutton, St Matthew’s, Sutton Bridge, Gosberton Baptist Church, Spalding Road, Gosberton, St Guthlac’s Church, Market Deeping and the United Reformed Church, Spalding Road, Bourne.