Freemasons donate thousands to foodbanks

Thousands of pounds has been donated to help foodbanks carry out their good work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 8:00 am
Linda and Sean Fugill with Freemason Tom Stewart.

Northumberland Freemasons have donated £1,500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to foodbanks in Morpeth, Hexham, Newcastle and North Shields.

Wansbeck Valley Foodbank, in Morpeth, is the largest independent foodbank in Northumberland and delivers food parcels to those in need in Ashington, Newbiggin, Morpeth and surrounding areas.

Linda Fugill, project manager, said: “Throughout the current Covid-19 situation, the foodbank remains absolutely and totally committed to relieving food poverty.

“This donation will go a long way to helping those in need.”

Jackie Dickinson, from the Bay Foodbank in North Shields, was delighted with the donation, saying: “We’re very grateful for this donation and it will be used to buy bags, boxes and fresh fruit and vegetables for the people we help in North Tyneside.”

At the Newcastle West End Foodbank almost 40,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given to families in crisis during 2018.

CEO John McCorry said: “The £1,500 donation from Northumberland Freemasons will be a great help and will make a huge difference to a lot of people.”

Freemason Tom Stewart said: “It’s been a privilege to visit each foodbank and see the essential work they are doing.”