High Peak foodbank asks public to double their funding

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High Peak Foodbank is calling on local people to help it gain extra funding through the ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign.

Match funding from Localgiving.com will double donations made to the foodbank from October 13 until November 18 or until funds run out.

The campaign will match one-off gifts pound for pound up to £10 and monthly donations up to £10 a month for three months.

Paul Bohan, area Foodbank co-ordinator, said ‘2015 has been a great year for High Peak Foodbank’.

“We have been able to address one of the main causes of foodbank use, unemployment, by helping some of our clients into work.

“Grow Your Tenner is a fantastic opportunity for us to finish the year on a high.

“All donations will make a huge difference to the people we support in the local community and with the added bonus of doubled donations we hope local people will join in.”

With gift aid, for every £10 donated, High Peak Foodbank will receive £21.67 but this is only for donations made at www.localgiving.com in the next few weeks.

The Buxton-based charity provides emergency food parcels to people referred from professional organisations like the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, Jobcentre Plus and the NHS.

One foodbank user who had been unemployed for more than 20 years was supported into part-time work by High Peak Foodbank, which also helped her with transport to her new job and food parcels until payday.

She has since increased her hours, been promoted once and is in training for a more senior position.

Another participant who had been unemployed for many years but is now working part-time while studying, said: “The foodbank’s work and skills programme has given me a new start in life, I now feel it’s possible to do the job I have always wanted.”

“We have a real mix of people using the foodbank” said Buxton co-ordinator, Lizzie Walton.

“Many never believed that they would need our help; but we try, and I think we succeed, in making their visit as comfortable as possible.

“And because we offer so much more support than just emergency food parcels we can help people resolve their problems getting them back on their feet sooner.”

For more information, phone Paul Bohan on 01298 214926 or email paul.highpeakfoodbank@gmail.com and to double your donation visit www.localgiving.com.