Kind Joshua wins award for helping Lostock Hall food bank

A kind-hearted eight-year-old boy has won awards for his efforts in donating to his local food bank.

Friday, 10th April 2020, 5:00 pm
Joshua with his mum Nicola and his badge

Joshua Blackwell, from Lostock Hall, said he wanted to help out others in the community who were struggling.

Alongside his mum Nicola, Joshua, who attends Elm Tree Community Primary School in Skelmersdale, has been collecting food from neighbours to donate to the New Day Church, based in Lostock Hall.

He said: “I feel really bad for people who don’t have much money.

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“It’s been really fun because I have been able to meet lots of people whilst collecting the food. I am very proud of myself for doing it. It’s really fun having a job at the food bank because they pay me in milk and cookies.”

It began when he started clearing out his cupboards at home, telling proud mum Nicola that he was upset seeing families and children struggling to eat.

He has since been given a certificate from the school, awarded an Everyday Heroes certificate from the BBC and has now been presented with a badge from the food bank.

His efforts have come at a desperate time for food banks in Lancashire, which have seen huge increases in demand.

Bev Redman, a New Day Church Bank volunteer said the impact of Covid-19 has meant donations like this have been vital in feeding families in need.

“We are really looking forward to receiving Joshua’s support over the coming months,” she said.

“Donations are needed more than ever during this difficult time for so many, with referrals having significantly increased.

“With Joshua’s help we will be able to support more local families who need a hand until their situations improve.”

- How to help

In the last 12 months, New Day Church made 495 deliveries, helping 94 families in the local area.

However, an increase in demand has already seen the food bank donate food parcels to 41 families since the last week of March.

Volunteers will be at the New Day Church building on Ward Street, Lostock Hall, every Tuesday between 9am and 1pm to accept donations.

If you would like to donate, they can be contacted on 01772 461454.

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