Initiative to feed needy given £1,000 boost

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A CHARITY providing food to needy families has been given a cash boost.

Cramlington Town Council has agreed to give £1,000 to the town’s St Nicholas’s Church to help fund the initiative.

Town councillor Ian Ayres said: “A report by the Campaign to End Child Poverty in January warned the north east area is most at risk of a rise in child poverty.

“In the Blyth Valley constituency, 23 per cent of children are affected by poverty.

“Behind these statistics sit the most vulnerable children in society, whose life chances risk being compromised by a failure to tackle child poverty effectively.

“Cramlington Town Council’s support to community groups who work with families in the most deprived areas is vital.

“Many families face vicious cycles of debt and impossible choices between heating homes or cooking meals for their children.

“Unless we take action, the quality of life for children and families will remain shamefully bleak.

“Eradicating poverty has to be central to the work of Cramlington Town Council today and for years to come.”