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Appetite for fundraising


Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities, Health

Kind-hearted Keepmoat employees have given a tasty boost to a hard-pushed North-East food bank.

The housing and regeneration specialist’s resident liaison officers Emma O’Sullivan and Jackie Carr decided it was time to act after watching a television news article about hard-up families suffering in the recession.

“It’s awful the way that families and children are struggling in these current times,” said Emma.

“We are lucky to have a wage coming in and I knew my colleagues would feel the same.”

An on-site collection raised £35 for Murton Food Bank which was then used to buy a trolley’s worth of household essentials at Seaham’s ASDA store.

“When we told ASDA what we were doing, the store agreed to organise its own donation day for the centre,” added Emma.

“This involved shoppers contributing an item of food from their own trolley. We were delighted when this raised another £50 worth of food.”

All of the food was taken to McCrae House Community Centre where it was later collected by the food bank.

Catherine Burnett, ASDA’s Community Officer at Seaham, said: “We thought it was a great idea to help the food bank and were delighted to help. We hope to be able to organise something similar later in the year.”


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