High Peak charity in urgent plea for more food

A CHARITY is appealing for urgent donations of food to help people in need across the High Peak.

High Peak Nightstop operates an emergency food parcel service, but due to high demand the charity has launched a special appeal in the Buxton area.

Co-ordinator Cath Sterndale said: “We used to rely on harvest festivals, but demand now is so great that we have had to launch this appeal.

“Primarily, we started the scheme for the under-25s who didn’t have any benefits or somewhere to live, but we have expanded it to anybody who is in real need.

“For example, it could benefit somebody who has come out of employment and is struggling while their benefits come through.

“And in the past few months, we have helped a couple of families who have fallen on hard times.

“It is there to fill in the gaps where there is an emergency need.”

The charity is appealing for donations of non-perishables such as tinned and dried foods, everything from pasta, soups and biscuits to tea, coffee and sugar.

Contributions can be taken to special collection points, outside Buxton Methodist Church on Saturday August 13 and outside Buxton’s United Reformed Church, on Hardwick Square, on Saturday August 27, both days between 10am and 4pm.

Bulk donations can be collected. Call 07973 670595 for more details.