VISITORS to Hartlepool’s Foodbank will soon be guaranteed an even warmer welcome thanks to a generous donation from a town business.
The Hartlepool branch of Santander has awarded the charity £850 towards a new boiler for the Foodbank’s kitchen.
It will provide a steady stream of hot drinks for people on the breadline who have been referred to the foodbank for help.
Hartlepool Foodbank was nominated for Santander’s Community Plus scheme that awards grants of up to £5,000 to good causes.
Managers from the York Road branch of Santander visited the foodbank in Church Street to present leaders with the money and find out more about the scheme.
Janet Watkins, Hartlepool Santander manager, said: “Customers and staff can nominate a local charity and there is a draw every month.
“We are absolutely over the moon that we can help something in Hartlepool and we are encouraging all our customers to apply.’’
The money will be used to buy a new wall-mounted boiler for their headquarters which provides food handouts to dozens of families and individuals every Tuesday and Friday.
Andrew Craig, Hartlepool Foodbank treasurer, said: “We really appreciate the support we get from the Hartlepool business community so we are very grateful for this generous gift.
“When people come in we always offer them a cup of tea or coffee so we have to generate lots of boiling water.
“When we get it the new boiler will help to improve the hospitality we give to people who need to come to the foodbank, many of whom would rather not be there.”
The Mail backed the Foodbank scheme by launching our We Can Do It appeal to encourage readers to make donations.
And despite overwhelming support from all corners of the community, including supermarkets, schools, churches and businesses, faces a constant battle to keep stocks up.
Donations can be left at the foodbank on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.30am- 1.30pm.
Food an also be dropped off any time at Asda supermarket, Marina Way, and Tesco Extra, Burn Road, Hartlepool.