WE CAN DO IT: Heerema cash boost to appeal

Josie Watson (rear centre) and Al Wales (sitting) from The Foodbank are presented with a printer and a cheque for �2,000 by Heerema staff (left to right) Ian Musgrave, Paul Murray, Paul Douglas and Paula Jenkins

Josie Watson (rear centre) and Al Wales (sitting) from The Foodbank are presented with a printer and a cheque for �2,000 by Heerema staff (left to right) Ian Musgrave, Paul Murray, Paul Douglas and Paula Jenkins

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THE donations just keep coming – and now a foodbank appeal is a massive £2,000 better off thanks to a generous town firm.

While donations of food keep pouring in to the Hartlepool Foodbank, Heerema has ensured the charity can buy necessary stationery needs after handing over the cash as well as an office printer.

The foodbank, in Church Street, Hartlepool, has been inundated with donations of non-perishable food items since the Mail launched the We Can Do It campaign, aimed at feeding people in need in Hartlepool this winter.

But now leaders of the foodbank are going to be able to buy a much-needed laptop and other stationery to ensure the charity runs as professionally as possible and hits its target of opening in December.

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank coordinator, told the Mail: “It’s an unbelievable donation and we are so grateful.

“There is a lot of admin work to be done and we need quite a lot of stationary to be able to run the appeal in a professional manner.

“This incredibly kind donation will allow us to do that.”

The donation from Heerema and its client, Costain Energy and Process, was made yesterday, and it was all made possible thanks to the companies’ attention to detail in staying safe in the workplace.

Both and Heerema and Costain run a safety incentive scheme, where the companies donate money into a central fund on a monthly basis.

The firms have their safety measures monitored every month and the higher they score the more money is donated into the fund.

After £2,000 was racked up, a committee sat down to decide where to donate the funds - and after reading about the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign, they chose the Hartlepool Foodbank.

The foodbank, which is based at 28 Church Street, in Hartlepool, needs to bring in three tonnes of non-perishable food donations before it can open to people in need.

The campaign launched after it was revealed that more than 28 per cent of children in Hartlepool are living in poverty.

Ian Musgrave, safety, health and environment manager at Heerema, said: “It’s a joint effort of our workforce, management and a client.

“It’s great to see the money going to a good cause which we know will have an impact on a lot of people.”

Organisers are still looking for donations to the foodbank as they aim to reach their three tonne target.

The foodbank’s base, in Church Street, opens on a Tuesday from 11am-1pm to receive items.

For more information, call Al on 07857845937.