Public’s stunning support for Hartlepool food bank

Tesco community champion Selina Wilson with donations
Tesco community champion Selina Wilson with donations

Generous shoppers have been praised for making a massive difference to struggling people.

A three-day collection was held at the Tesco Extra Hartlepool store to support a local food bank.

It resulted in more than 400 crates of food being donated by the fantastic people of Hartlepool.

Selina Wilson, community champion at the store, said: “We collected a total of 410 crates of long life foods across the three-day collection, which is an amazing result.

“We had several customers donate shallow trolley loads to us and a gentleman gave us £50 to buy groceries. The generosity and spirit of Hartlepool people never ceases to amaze me. Lots of customers got involved and donated what they could.”

Grocery manager, Dan Vierke, donned his Bananaman costume to get into the spirit of raising awareness.

Myself and Karen Jukes, the Hartlepool store manager, would like to thank all of the volunteers from our store, Foodbank, Halifax and Lloyds Bank but most of all the selflessness and compassion of our customers and the people of Hartlepool, because without your donations, none of this would be possible

Selina Wilson, community champion at Tesco Extra Hartlepool

And Hartlepool MP Iain Wright MP supported the event as well as making a fantastic donation.

Selina said Mr wright “chatted with customers and helped to take in the donations. He also joined us for the minute silence for the Tunisia victims.”

Selina added: “We have been working with Hartlepool Foodbank for almost three years now and this was our seventh collection. Our collections in 2014 accumulated 18,750 meals for our Foodbank.

“In all 800 Tesco Extra stores held collections nationwide across these dates to support their local Foodbanks, whether through the Trussell Trust or Fareshare partnerships.”

People still wanting to support the cause can contribute at the permanent collection point in the store.

Selina added: “Myself and Karen Jukes, the Hartlepool store manager, would like to thank all of the volunteers from our store, Foodbank, Halifax and Lloyds Bank but most of all the selflessness and compassion of our customers and the people of Hartlepool, because without your donations, none of this would be possible.

Tesco will also top up the value of the food by 30 per cent to each Foodbank supported.

Last year this gave Hartlepool Foodbank over £3,300 of funding, to help buy foodstocks and train volunteers, said Selina.