Torus Group has made a £2,000 donation to the St Helens and Warrington Foodbanks to support them this Christmas.
The Foodbanks are part of a nationwide network, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
This generous donation is being boosted by the Torus Community Consultative Forum (CCF). The group of tenants and leaseholders from Helena and GGHT, who monitor the performance of the housing group, decided to match the donation from Torus pound for pound. Lynda Johnson, CCF Chair, said, “We really wanted to show that tenants care for other tenants and local residents. Once we were aware of how many people were struggling it was an easy decision for us all to make.”
A total of £4,000 is being donated, split equally between foodbanks in Warrington and St Helens. The money will help to sustain people who are struggling, with three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food.
Rob Young, Torus Chief Executive said, “Welfare Reforms and particularly Universal Credit has put a strain on many of our tenants.”
“As a result more and more tenants are relying heavily on foodbanks to feed their families. These donations are to help both acknowledge, thank and support the foodbanks for the work that they do in helping people our tenants and local communities.”
David McDonald, Project Co-ordinator Warrington Foodbank, said “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of Torus and their tenants, it’s truly breath-taking. The money will allow us to cover some of our running costs, such as transport, energy bills, storage and much more.”
Hilda Whitfield, Volunteer Chair of Warrington Foodbank Trustees, added, “The Foodbank is about more than just food, it’s about looking after the person as a whole. We are also able to work with other organisations and signpost our ‘guests’ to other service and support, such as health and dental care, money advice, housing and employment support to name but a few.”
Ken Barton, St Helens Foodbank Volunteer St Helens, said “We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. We are thrilled with the donation from Torus and their tenants and cash donations allows us to cover running costs, such as maintaining our vital Foodbank van which we use to transport donations.”
The donation is in addition to the many kilograms of food donated to both Foodbanks by Torus staff over the last few years.
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St Helens Foodbank
Main photo – Anne Meadows, Torus tenancy sustainment team leader; Lynda Johnson, tenant chair of the CCF and Ken Barton, foodbank volunteer