Funding boost to help with food donations

Rev Alan Dickinson (chairman), Jona Sewell, and Jackie Dickinson.
Rev Alan Dickinson (chairman), Jona Sewell, and Jackie Dickinson.

A charity supporting food parcels in the borough has received a cash boost.

The BAY Foodbank was presented with a cheque for £1,800 after Jona Sewell did the National 3 Peaks challenge.

The Minister at North Shields Methodist Church tackled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – totalling near 3,500m – in just over 24 hours.

The donation will go towards food purchases and fuel for their delivery van which provides emergency food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families in North Tyneside.

Jona said: “It was fantastic to be able to do something like this in order to raise money for such a great cause.

“I was touched by the generosity of people from the community and also by those in the local churches for their £1,000 contribution.”

Jona’s fundraising success also comes in the wake of Sainsbury’s Whitley Bay naming The BAY Foodbank as its ‘Local Charity of the Year’.

Rev Alan Dickinson, chairman at The BAY Foodbank, said: “We’d like to express our thanks to Jona for his fantastic fundraising effort during what I can imagine was a very tough 24 hours. We’d also like to sincerely thank all those who donated to the cause – it’s going to be a great help.”