Fundraiser to help Hartlepool Foodbank

National Citizen Service team leader James Naylor (standing 3rd left with fellow members as they promote their coffee morning in aid of the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by FRANK REID

National Citizen Service team leader James Naylor (standing 3rd left with fellow members as they promote their coffee morning in aid of the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by FRANK REID

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Charitable members of a youth programme are helping a worthy cause during an event at the weekend.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) will be hosting a coffee morning in Belle Vue Sports Centre, Kendal Road, Hartlepool, to boost the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Organisers say the foodbank does so much good work and often goes unappreciated and can struggle for donations.

So the young people at NCS decided they would hold a coffee morning from 9am to 2pm for the foodbank.

Instead of giving donations of money, people are being urged to bring donations of food,which will go directly to the Foodbank and on to families in need.

People who donate can then come in and have a cup of tea or coffee and some cake, made by the young people of NCS.

This idea has been engineered by the local 16 and 17-year-olds after a visit to the Hartlepool Foodbank during their residential week, staying in Belle Vue.

A spokesman said: “Everyone was shocked at how necessary the foodbank is for people in need of food, and immediately wanted to help in some way.

“So needless to say, when it came to choosing a worthy cause for which to raise money, everyone at NCS Hartlepool agreed that the food bank helps people in need in the town.

“Nobody wants to go through financial difficulty but the foodbank provides basic boxes of food, donated by the public, to help feed families or individuals until they can get back on their feet again. “

Food that is most needed is anything tinned or in packets, such as pasta or rice, that can be stored and last a long time.