After only a few weeks the Bridlington Echo/Hinge Centre Winter Food Bank Appeal has been inundated with items to help those in need.
Donations from all over Bridlington and beyond have been donated to the Hinge, with the store room at the centre filling up nicely.
Thanks to the generosity of the wonderful readers of the Echo, dozens of boxes of goods have been filled and delivered to the centre on Field Road.
The Winter Food Bank appeal will run until the end of March, so any donations in the early part of 2020 would be gratefully received.
Megan Robinson, from the Hinge Food Bank team, said: Since our last update we have received a large number of donations and large amounts of products have been donated.”
There have been donations from the following
– Haven, Thornwick Bay
– Owners at Far Grange Leisure Park
– Old Town Gallery in Old
– Bridlington Echo Team
– Bridlington Caledonian Society
– Bridlington Specsavers
– Staff at the Bridlington Job Centre
– Advent calendars from Heathcotes Bridlington via Putney House
Said Megan: “Yet again the generosity from the local community has been unbelievable. Businesses and individuals in the area are continuing to donate towards the Winter Food Bank Appeal. We have noticed a huge demand for food parcels, especially over the last couple of months, and it is nice that we are able to offer donations to individuals in need and not have to turn them away.”
“We also received a kind donation of advent calendars from Putney House, which we gave to young people who regularly access the Hinge,” added Megan.
The Bridlington Caledonian Society celebrated St Andrew’s night at The Expanse Hotel on Saturday the 30th of November and decided that it would be a good idea if each attending member brought a donation of food to fill boxes for Winter Food Bank Appeal.
Jackie Tonks, from the Society, said “I am really pleased to say that we managed to fill five boxes in total. As a society, we have pledged to do more and more for charities in the town. Last year we held our first charity concert in aid of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Bridlington Men in Sheds group. We aim to hold another event next year with a different charity benefiting.”
She added: “If anyone would like to join us, we are a small, friendly society that hosts lots of different social activities throughout the year. For details please call Georgie Mitchell (Chairperson) on 01262 674244 or Jackie Tonks (Secretary) on 07779456649 Our next big event is Burns Night on the 25th of January which will also be held at The Expanse.”
Staff from the Bridlington Branch of Specsavers rallied around to help the Winter Food Bank Appeal. Dozens of tins and packets of food have been donated to help the appeal, with members of the public also donating.
Specsavers Branch MD Mark Kunz said: “It is a great idea and will help many people throughout the town who are in need over the winter period. I and the staff are truly grateful for all the donations and we hope it will go some way to helping.”
Bridlington Job Centre staff brought in tins and other goods to fill up a huge table. Megan Robinson from the Hinge was delighted with the donation and thanks to all the staff for their help in raising the profile and needs of the Food Bank.
The Bridlington Echo office in Brett Street has also been a popular drop-off point for donations. Staff have also brought in goods to help with the appeal. Editor Simon Kench said: “It is so nice to see the town rallying together to help this vital service. Ideally, there should be no need for such a thing as food banks, but there are a number of people who, for whatever reason, find themselves needing to use the vital service. In this day and age, it should not be necessary, but unfortunately, there is a greater need for food banks than ever.”