Hartlepool engineers buy stacks of supplies for town’s foodbank

Hartlepool Food Bank has benefitted from the efforts of workers at the power station, who donated food and cash to the facility. Pictured with food bank boss Al Wales is John Turner and the team who helped with the donations.

Hartlepool Food Bank has benefitted from the efforts of workers at the power station, who donated food and cash to the facility. Pictured with food bank boss Al Wales is John Turner and the team who helped with the donations.

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STAFF at a Hartlepool firm showed community spirit is alive and well after buying stacks of food for a town charity.

Employees at engineering specialists Doosan Babcock, based at Hartlepool Power Station, raised more than £500 which they spent on boosting stocks at Hartlepool Foodbank.

The workers bought bagfuls of food and delivered it to the charity’s warehouse.

They then saw how their donation will help people in crisis when they visited the foodbank’s distribution centre in Church Street, Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator Al Wales said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Doosan Babcock Ltd and their generous food donation.

“It’s great to be partnering with local businesses and industry to support those in need in Hartlepool.

“Since opening nearly two years ago Hartlepool Foodbank has supported over 3,000 households.

“The continued support of the project by so many indicates that community spirit is alive and well in Hartlepool.”

Last week hundreds of Doosan Babcock employees nationwide took part in volunteering activities in aid of worthy causes.

The Doosan Day of Community Service was designed to raise awareness of their corporate social responsibility.

John Turner of Dosan Babcock in Hartlepool said: “It was head office’s suggestion to support the foodbank to help the needy.

“We raised a total of £505 for the foodbank.

“We then did a shop for a variety of non-perishable food which we donated. We were pleased to help them.”

The foodbank, run with the Trussell Trust charity, can get through up to half a tonne of food a week.

The Mail backed the launch of the scheme with our We Can Do It appeal to encourage readers to make donations.

The foodbank is currently appealing for juice and squash, sugar, mash potato, pasta sauce, coffee, fish, and toiletries.

Donations can be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10.30am-2pm.

Look out for drop off bins in Asda and Tesco supermarkets.

You can also call (01429) 598404 to arrange another time or a collection.