Let’s pull together

Arena food bank appeal with the Advertiser. David Farnsworth, Lisa Harrison and Editor Martin Hutton
Arena food bank appeal with the Advertiser. David Farnsworth, Lisa Harrison and Editor Martin Hutton

The ‘Tiser is today calling on the caring residents of Ilkeston to join the paper in a new fight against food poverty in the town.

For we are launching our ‘Feed Our Families’ campaign in the run-up to Christmas.

At a time when more and more locals are battling against the breadline with household incomes at breaking point, more and more are turning to local food banks, such as that run by the Arena Church, to put food on the table.

The charity is now helping more than 30 per cent more struggling locals than ever to feed their children and themselves.

That’s why we at the paper are taking up the baton and asking you to get on board to boost the food bank by making a donation, no matter how small — every tin counts.

We will be setting up collection drop-off points, including at our office on Heanor Road, and other locations.

We will aim to get local schools involved, local and national companies and those who have influence in the town.

‘Tiser editor Martin Hutton said: “This isn’t about handing over cash. This isn’t about pricking your conscience.

“This is about something much more simple than that. This is about you having the power to improve lives — the lives of your neighbours, friends and colleagues.

“Take a look in your cupboards. Buy an extra tin of beans when you do the weekly shop.

“This is no more complicated than that but has the power to make a massive impact if we just work together.”