Preston hair salon owner collects a room full of food for the Salvation Army's food bank to give to needy families in Lancashire

Diane Sloane, with some of the food she has collected
Diane Sloane, with some of the food she has collected
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A hair dresser was amazed to fill her conservatory with food, as she began a collection for low income families ahead of the school Easter holidays.

A hair dresser was amazed to fill her conservatory with food, as she began a collection for low income families ahead of the school Easter holidays.

After Diane Sloane, who runs Salon 58, in Preston, saw the poignant film I, Daniel Blake, about a man struggling to make ends meet on benefits, she felt compelled to do something to help families living below the breadline.

So the 45-year-old, from Broadgate, decided to enter a triathlon at Edge Hill University, and instead of asking for sponsorship, she asked people to donate a tin of food.

She said: “When doing sponsored events, people feel obliged to give £5 or £10 but I thought people could afford a tin of food. The response has been phenomenal.

“I have been collecting items from family, friends and clients for the last three months and my conservatory looks like a food bank.

“A lot of people struggle for toiletries and sanitary towels and tampons, so we have been collecting those items. In the salon we have a collection tin for period poverty.

“My triathlon is April 14, but I have arranged for Salvation Army to collect the items before then, as the Easter holidays are starting and there is a real panic as families struggle.

“I am hoping to inspire other businesses to do this as I never imagined I would have the response I had.

“One of my clients, who runs Heatons Garage, in Bamber Bridge, had been collecting 200 tins form her customers and brought them in to us.”