A sweet donation to help food bank

Victoria McBride, Winns marketing executive; Catherine Hopper, Winns marketing manager; Rev Alan Dickinson, chairman of The Bay Foodbank; and Jackie Dickinson, factory manager. Picture by Ian McClelland.
Victoria McBride, Winns marketing executive; Catherine Hopper, Winns marketing manager; Rev Alan Dickinson, chairman of The Bay Foodbank; and Jackie Dickinson, factory manager. Picture by Ian McClelland.
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A solicitors firm is helping bring festive cheer to children in the borough.

Newcastle-based Winn Solicitors collected 200 chocolate advent calendars following an online campaign and donated them to The Bay Foodbank in North Tyneside.

Catherine Hopper, at Winn Solicitors, said: “Advent calendars are such an important part of festivities and something many children take for granted. It is sad to think of children missing out on such a simple treat.”

Jackie Dickinson, from The Bay Foodbank, added: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this support.

“Unfortunately, there are far too many people who do not have enough money to buy even the basics that they need to eat.

“Christmas for such families can be a really stressful time but the donation of advent calendars will go a long way to bring a little bit of festive happiness.”

“We have families who need our support and are always looking for donations of food and furniture.

“If you want to spread a little festive cheer, please bear us in mind when doing your supermarket shopping or if you are replacing furniture in time for Christmas, there will be a family out there who would love to give your old stuff a new home.”

The Bay Foodbank is run by volunteers and provides emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis because of low income, a bereavement, benefit delay, redundancy, unexpected bills or illness.

The Bay Foodbank is urging people to donate advent calendars and other food items in the build up to the festive season.

It has drop-off points in Sainsbury’s stores in Whitley Bay and Monkseaton, Morrisons in Whitley Bay, Asda in Benton and North Shields, One Stop Shop in North Shields and churches in Whitley Bay and Monkseaton.