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Bolton firefighters and support staff offer helping hand to less fortunate

KIND-HEARTED staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have dug deep into their pockets and cupboards to help people living below the poverty line in Bolton.

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Pictured left to right are: Station Manager Steve Parkinson, food bank Project Manager Alex Malone, and Firefighter Darren Collier from Red Watch.

Firefighters and support staff from Bolton Central Fire Station and Central Crewing spent six weeks collecting non-perishable food items and cash for the Trussell Trust.

On Friday, February 15, Bolton Central Station Manager Steve Parkinson and Red Watch Firefighter Darren Collier visited the Trussell Trust's Farnworth and Kearsley food bank to deliver donations and more than £100 cash.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new food banks across the UK - and with more than 250 currently launched, the charity's goal is for every town to have one.

Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to turn to food banks for help.

All the food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers after which, frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher.

Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher and food banks also make time to chat and signpost clients to other helpful services.

Station Manager Parkinson said: "Myself and Darren heard about the food banks and decided that we wanted to do something to help so we've been collecting items of food such as tins, rice and pasta - anything non-perishable.

"Doing Home Safety Checks, we come across people on the breadline and we thought there must be a way we could get involved. We sent out emails and memos and put up posters and got a great response from our staff."

Notes to editors:

  • 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK
  • Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income
  • With more than 250 food banks currently launched, the charity's goal is for every town to have one
  • In 2011-12, food banks fed 128,687 people nationwide, 100 per cent more than the previous year
Last update: 19/02/2013 15:20:36
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