Staff from Belfield Furnishings and Royal Mail delivered much needed donations to the Arena Community Food Bank this week.
The Advertiser is backing the charity with our Feed Our Families campaign, calling on locals to make donations to help feed those on the breadline.
Now staff at the two Ilkeston-based firms have handed over cash they have raised to food bank manager Lisa Harrison.
Royal Mail collected £600 and Belfield Furnishings handed over £60 .
Lisa said: “We are always grateful to receive donations of any kind and I can’t tell you how much of a difference they make.
“It’s simple, we couldn’t do what we’re doing without the support and generosity of local firms and businesses as well as the public.
“We use any cash we are given to buy food for the parcels we distribute as well as buy supplies for the lunches we serve up.
“Demand is still rising but thanks to the Advertiser campaign so are donations.”
Shaun Bell from Royal Mail said: “We’ve been raising cash for about six months by having cake sales, car boots, football competitions and things like that and we always said we wanted the money to go back into the community.
“One of our staff, Mandy, already volunteers at the food bank so when she suggested that we give the money to them we were happy to help.
“What they do down there really is fantastic and a worthy cause.”
Paul Baker from Belfield Furnishings explained: “One cold night as I was walking back from the shops I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt at how lucky I was.
“It made me want to help those who weren’t as fortunate so I asked colleagues to donate for the food bank.
“When I spoke to management I had a fantastic response and agreed to donate returned stock which makes a massive difference to the Arena and their projects.”
You can drop off donations to the food bank direct or in the name of the ‘Tiser campaign at our office, Ilkeston Library or the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in town.