Charity’s delight with cup success

Winner of the Whitley Bay Cup for 2014 (left to right) Mayor Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Council Chair Coun Tommy Mulvenna and Rev Alan Dickinson on behalf of the The Bay Foodbank.'REF 2201150217
Winner of the Whitley Bay Cup for 2014 (left to right) Mayor Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Council Chair Coun Tommy Mulvenna and Rev Alan Dickinson on behalf of the The Bay Foodbank.'REF 2201150217

A charity providing emergency food parcels for residents in need has been recognised for its work in the borough.

The BAY Foodbank was chosen by North Tyneside Council as the 2014 winners of the Whitley Bay Town Cup.

The charitable organisation provides food when residents and families are having financial problems, either through low income, medical bills or any other cause.

North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna said: “This cup is a fantastic way to show our appreciation and recognising the excellent work that these organisations do.

“The BAY Foodbank provides a very important service to the residents of not only Whitley Bay, but the whole of North Tyneside and they thoroughly deserve this honour.”

ON receiving the cup, Rev Alan Dickinson added: “The BAY Foodbank is honoured to receive the Whitley Bay Town Cup. We’d like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who devote their time, but also those who donate to us because without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do.

“We’re currently supplying around 1,200 meals per week to those most at need in North Tyneside.”

“Last year was our busiest year yet and we can only hope that our fantastic supporters will stick with us for the coming year.

“We have a good, working relationship with North Tyneside Council and look forward to continuing this in 2015.”

The charity – which also provides clothing, toys, household furniture and furnishings – was nominated by its partner charity Angels of the North.

Angels Honorary Chief Executive Officer Barbara Connors-Fowler said: “It is a source of great personal pleasure that Angels of the North is able to provide 12,500 sq ft of warehousing space on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate free of cost to The BAY Foodbank so that they can continue to freely serve over 2,500 needy people a year.”

The cup is awarded to an organisation or individual in Whitley Bay who has brought about an outstanding event in the last year, or has been of outstanding service to the community.

Previous winners of the cup, which dates back to 1954, include The Jam Jar Cinema, Angels of the North and the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards.