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  • Co-op donation is welcome ‘dividend’ for food bank!

    Henry James

    BIG-hearted colleagues at the Co-operative Bank’s Delf House centre in Skelmersdale collected food and toiletries during January to donate to the town’s Trussell Trust food bank.

    Jo Carruthers, customer service leader at the centre in Southway, and Bev Hayman, the charity representative, delivered the donation - made up of 26kg of food and two full carrier bags of toiletries and cleaning materials - on Thursday, February 7.

    They also enjoyed a tour of the site to see how the donations are distributed and how the Trussell Trust works.

    The food will help to provide 15 family food parcels for people in need in the local area.

    The Co-operative Bank also gives every staff member two volunteer days each year when they can help local charities. This year they have pledged to help Skelmersdale food bank with two colleagues going along every Thursday for the whole of 2019.

    A similar commitment is being made by other Co-operative Bank sites providing 100 days of volunteer days at both Leek and Manchester Trussell Trust food banks as well.

    A spokesperson for the Co-operative Bank commented: “This means together we can make a big difference to the community and show working together makes a stronger community helping people in need.”

    Bev Hayman said: “I would like to say thank-you to everyone at Delf House for their donations.

    “I am also looking forward to arranging the volunteer day activity challenge for 2019 and am so thankful for the opportunity the bank give us to help local causes by using our two paid volunteer daysto make a difference.”

    Brenda Lowe, who accepted donations on behalf of the food bank, added: “I am absolutely overwhelmed at the support we get from the Co-operative Bank and we really appreciate not only the food donations and money they raise, but also their commitment of time.

    “I cannot stress enough what a big difference they make.”

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