Buxton Morrisons shopper who donated £500 for food banks strikes again

A mystery benefactor who gave Morrisons £500 to help High Peak people in food poverty during the pandemic has struck again - this time gifting two trollies full of food.

The ‘kindest of strangers’ appeared at the Buxton store after hearing about a campaign to feed children during the half-term holidays.

After filling two trollies - spending £130 - he presented the haul to Robert Harrison - a community champion at the supermarket.

Robert said: “I helped him fill the trollies with things that people would need then he left it with us.

Robert Harrison, community champion at Morrisons

“It’s brilliant - he doesn’t want anyone to know who he is but he said he hoped others might hear about it and give what they could.”

This month’s gift came after the same kind stranger placed £500 in Robert’s hand in June to pay for food packages to be distributed by organisations across High Peak during the first lockdown.

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The latest handout will be used as part of Morrisons’ Christmas campaign - to provide food for those struggling during the festive period.

Robert told how since the chain had collected thousands of pounds-worth of food donations since the start of the pandemic.

He added: “Customers have been brilliant - the community couldn’t have done better really and Buxton has been great throughout.

“It’s hard for a lot of families right now so it’s really encouraging to see so many people willing to help out during these challenging times."

Shoppers can either donate food themselves at an in-store food bank or they can pick up specially put together food bags at the store - which they can pay for at the checkout.

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