WE CAN DO IT: Pub regulars lend a hand to Mail food appeal

Landlord of The Rossmere pub, Michael Cranney with donations to the food bank
Landlord of The Rossmere pub, Michael Cranney with donations to the food bank

A COMMUNITY-MINDED pub is getting behind the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign to collect much-needed food donations.

The Rossmere pub, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, has put a collection box in the bar so generous customers can contribute to Hartlepool’s newly launched foodbank.

Landlord Michael Cranney decided to help the appeal after reading an article about Owton Manor Baptist Church’s support for the scheme to feed hard-up families in Hartlepool.

The Mail is also backing calls for donations with our We Can Do It campaign as more and more people struggle to make ends meet.

Michael said: “I read in the Mail about the baptist church helping with donations and a couple of the customers said they would like to donate so I thought we would try to help them out.

“It is a shame it has come to people having to donate to foodbanks to help people get by but we will do what we can.

“I have put a big collection box in the pub so anyone can just put stuff in.”

The pub has also been given posters by foodbank organiser Al Wales to encourage customers to get involved.

Michael, who previously worked for the Owton Fens Community Association for 20 years, added: “We are a very community-minded pub and raise a lot of money for places like Hartlepool hospice and the Butterwick hospice.”

Organisers of Hartlepool’s first foodbank say they have been overwhelmed with the response of residents and organisations like The Rossmere pub.

Around a tonne of non-perishable food, a third of their target, has been donated to Hartlepool Foodbank so far.

But organisers admit there is still a long way to go before the food can start being distributed.

Under the scheme, people hit by poverty will be given vouchers to claim three-day food parcels.

It is being led by Churches Together in Hartlepool and charity the Trussell Trust.

THE Mail’s campaign aims to encourage as many people as possible to contribute items to the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator, said there are also several other ways that people can help: either by donating food, making a financial donation, holding a fundraising event or by volunteering.

Examples of the food desperately needed are dried or UHT milk, sugar, soup, pasta and sauces to go with it, tins containing tomatoes, meat, vegetables, fruit, sponge or rice puddings, tea bags, cereals, coffee and anything else not needing refrigeration.

Hartlepool Foodbank is in urgent need of volunteers to man the warehouse and distribution centre, to help with administration and fundraising and to collect food.

For more information or to volunteer, call Al on 07857 845937.

Let us know what you plan to do.Ring the Mail newsdesk on (01429) 239381, email mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk or tweet #MailCanDoIt