Children support foodbank appeal

Josie Watson of Hartlepool Foodbank with Kiddikins Nursery youngsters
Josie Watson of Hartlepool Foodbank with Kiddikins Nursery youngsters

GENEROUS youngsters are the latest kind-hearted group to do their bit for families living in poverty this winter.

The children and their parents at Kiddikins Nursery, in Hindpool Close, Hartlepool, handed over a box packed with goods to boost the Hartlepool Foodbank appeal.

Foodbank leaders expressed their delight at the children’s donation, the latest handover which has helped them assemble more than two tonnes of food.

Staff at the nursery read about the We Can Do It campaign for donations to help the town’s poverty-stricken in the Mail and sent a letter home to the children’s parents asking them if they could kindly get involved.

The response was “fantastic” and staff said they were proud to hand over the donations yesterday.

Tracy Hetherington, special educational needs leader at the nursery, said: “We are so pleased to be able to play our part and help out the foodbank.

“We read about it in the Mail and asked parents if they would be happy to send in donations, the response we got was absolutely fantastic.

“The children are only two and three-years-old but we did try to explain to them exactly how the donations will help people out in the town.”

Every donation helps the foodbank edge closer to its three-tonne target of non-perishable food items, which is what is needed before the foodbank opens its doors next month.

Once open, the food will be donated the families most in need in Hartlepool through a referral system.

Foodbank co-ordinator Al Wales said: “It’s brilliant to have the support of the children and parents at Kiddikins.

“I think it’s great for the children to play their part.

“I know they are very young and they might not understand how they are helping, but this food will go to support people in their community who could be living on the same street.”

The We Can Do It campaign was launched as it was revealed that 28.6 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty.

Al added: “It’s sad that a foodbank is needed but we continue to get a great response and it’s going very well.

“I think people understand that it doesn’t take much for a family to find themselves in crisis.

“One huge bill or somebody getting laid off can end up with families really up against it.”

The Hartlepool Foodbank, which is run by Churches Together and charity the Trussell Trust, is based at 28 Church Street.

The foodbank is open to receive donations on a Tuesday, from 11am-1pm.