HARTLEPOOL’S Foodbank has been given a cash boost by town MP Iain Wright after a charity bet paid out.
Mr Wright won £150 for charity that gives food parcels to people who have been hit by hard times.
Ladbrokes bookmakers gave him £50 from its charity fund to put on this year’s Grand National.
Mr Wright staked £25 of it on an each way bet on horse Tea for Three which romped home in third place.
He presented the money, which will go towards funding to pay for staff, to grateful foodbank treasurer Reverend Andrew Craig.
Mr Wright said: “There are a lot of worthy charities in Hartlepool and I thought long and hard about who should benefit.
“I thought given the difficulties that many people are in for feeding themselves and their families, I think what Hartlepool Foodbank is doing is fantastic.”
The project, supported by Churches Together in Hartlepool has handed out around 1,200 food parcels to people in its first four months.
Rev Craig said of Mr Wright’s donation: “This is just another example of Hartlepool people responding brilliantly to the foodbank.
“People come in off the street and give us money and food. I’ve been bowled over.”