Thousands donated to Longridge foodbank charity

More than £1,000 of food and drink has been donated to foodbanks in Longridge and the Ribble Valley by a nearby construction company.

Thursday, 17th May 2018, 3:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th May 2018, 3:21 pm
Staff from John Turner Construction with Trussell Trust representatives

Grimsargh-based John Turner Construction and its inhouse charity group, TLC, donated £3,343 worth of provisions to The Trussell Trust, one of the UK’s leading charities fighting to stop UK hunger, following the success of its festive raffle.

The Trust is the overriding body of the Ribble Valley Foodbank in Longridge and Clitheroe, with collections on Fridays and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays respectively.

A spokesman from the Longridge and Clitheroe foodbanks were “delighted” at the donation, with around £1,000 of goods were presented to them by the company’s charity.

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A spokesman for John Turner Construction said: “With The Trussell Trust being inundated with donations during the festive period, we were asked to delay our offerings to a time when people who used the foodbanks were more in need.”

The Trussell Trust operates a network of foodbanks across the UK and gives emergency food and support to people in crisis, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line.

Sharon Stephenson, TLC group member, said: “The fund-raising for The Trussell Trust has been excellent.

“It’s been an exciting project for us especially working with Kevin from local retailer, Lawrence Hunt & Co.

“The raffle received fantastic support from our supply chain and the prizes consisted of items that everyone wanted to win.

“Thanks to everyone for their help and support.”

The Trussell Trust revealed that half of all children that needed help from them last summer were of primary age, and a quarter were under five-years-old.