Shop donates left over stock to city’s food bank

Gifts: Fiona Stygall, Megan Reynolds and Preston's Mayor and Mayoress
Gifts: Fiona Stygall, Megan Reynolds and Preston's Mayor and Mayoress
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Kind-hearted staff from a cosmetics store have donated left over stock to a food bank.

Workers at Lush in Preston have handed over bags of soap to the Salvation Army’s food bank to be distributed to those in need.

The soaps are left over Christmas stock and will be wrapped up and labelled.

A collection point for the food bank has been set up in the entrance way of Preston Town Hall in Lancaster Road.

Fiona Stygall, Store Manager from Lush in the Fishergate Centre delivered the items to the drop off point alongside Preston’s Guild Mayor, Coun Carl Crompton.

He said: “It was a great surprise when Lush contacted the council with their offer of this donation to the Salvation Army food bank.

“That businesses want to get involved is humbling and shows fantastic local community spirit.

“I would like to thank them for their generosity.”

Fiona added: “Part of the Lush mission statement is ‘the belief in the right to lose everything and start again’.

“I am delighted to be able to help here in Preston and I hope this gesture encourages more local businesses to get involved.

“The food bank is very important in these times of austerity and we should do all we can to help our neighbours.”

The food bank is in the One Stop Shop area of the town hall.

Food bank bosses are looking for non perishable items to be donated.

The drop off point was opened earlier this month and both residents and Town Hall staff are being asked to give generously to the food bank to help those in across the city who are most in need.

The demand for food parcels at Preston’s Salvation Army has more than doubled in the past year, from 134 a month, to around 300.

Captain Alex Cadogan from the Salvation Army said: “I know every donation will make a huge difference to the families receiving our help.”