Tonnes of food donated to help people in Ashington

More than two tonnes of food has been donated to help people in need in Ashington.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 10:00 am
Michelle Brannigan with some of the food donations collected.

Wansbeck food banks have seen a huge increase in donations due to the Tin on the Wall campaign.

The campaign sees volunteers collect non-perishable food from doorsteps or visible locations in the local area.

Michelle Brannigan has been co-ordinating Ashington’s campaign after hearing about it through a friend, within hours getting 25 volunteers covering more than 140 streets in Ashington.

Michelle said: “The response to the campaign on Facebook has been amazing, but I was still not sure what to expect when I went out on Friday morning with my trolley.

"Halfway around my estate and with my trolley full to the brim I had to phone my husband to come with the car. After an hour we had collected a car full of food.

"Throughout the day volunteers turned up with carloads of food. I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of people and the dedication of the volunteers.

“It just goes to show what a strong community we have in Ashington and what people can do when they feel empowered.

"The reaction from people on the doorstep has been great. It’s such a simple initiative but such an important one and it makes everyone feel involved in helping other people in their community.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many people with devastating effects. Millions of people are now at risk of falling into poverty and don’t have access to food.

"Wansbeck Valley Food Bank has seen a massive reduction in food donations as people haven’t been able to donate due to lockdown restrictions.”

More than two tonnes of food was donated to Wansbeck Valley Food Bank which will feed 700 people, while Easter Eggs and food were donated to Ashington Life Centre.

The campaign also reached Newbiggin where volunteers Christie Sharp and Julie Henderson took it up and started up a Facebook group.

Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Michelle Brannigan via [email protected] or call 07717833288.