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Wetherby food bank launches urgent appeal

NAWN 1407217AM1 Wetherby Food Bank trustees. Chair of Wetherby Food Bank Gail Bowen with Unice Brierley(steering committee member), Town Cllr.. Norma Harrington(trustee), Neil Wilson (trustee), Cllr. Kazia Knight (project co-ordinator) and Nick Farnell (treasurer)(1407217AM1)

NAWN 1407217AM1 Wetherby Food Bank trustees. Chair of Wetherby Food Bank Gail Bowen with Unice Brierley(steering committee member), Town Cllr.. Norma Harrington(trustee), Neil Wilson (trustee), Cllr. Kazia Knight (project co-ordinator) and Nick Farnell (treasurer)(1407217AM1)

Wetherby Foodbank coordinators are appealing for more cash and volunteers to come forward as they aim to launch the scheme next month.

And as they look to help local families put food on the table in time of crisis, they released details of one of the people who have turned to food banks.

Chairman Gail Bowen said: “We don’t yet have any families that have come to us for help in Wetherby, as we have not got up and running yet.

“But there are many examples of people that the Trussel Trust, who are helping us set up, have helped.”

One such case where the charity was able to step in was 59-year-old Edna who was referred to a food bank by a cancer charity after her Employment Support Allowance was replaced by Job Seeker’s Allowance.

Despite having undergone radical surgery to remove cancer and suffering from arthritis and depression following the recent death of her brother, Edna was told she was fit for work.

After searching for work without success and selling her TV, the only source of company, she had just £8 left to last her five days.

Gail added: “This is the kind of person we are wanting to help and why it is so important to get the Wetherby Foodbank operating in the area. There is a need in the Wetherby area.”

The Wetherby group is to hold a volunteer evening on Tuesday September 9, at 7.30pm in the Barleyfields Youth Centre and are calling on as many people as possible from the area to attend.

“The volunteer evening is for anyone and everyone and will provide an opportunity to hear about the plans for the next phase in its development, as it moves quickly towards opening,” added Gail.

“We hope that the hall at Barleyfields will be overflowing with local people, wanting to get involved – and that many who attend will want to sign up as Foodbank volunteers either then and there, or at a later date.

“In return for the gift of volunteering, we promise to ensure that our volunteers are all well trained, properly equipped – and enjoy the feeling that what they are doing is really worthwhile.”

She added: “We have received enormous support so far – and this Volunteer Evening is our most important event to date.”

Wetherby Foodbank was set up after huge public support and donations earlier this year.

Anyone wanting to attend the volunteer session should email in advance: info@wetherbyanddistrict.foodbank.org.uk

 

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