£2,000 raised in one week for local foodbank

Footprints in the Community is a charity dedicated to reducing poverty and isolation in the Redcar area. It opened Redcar Area Foodbank in January 2013, which has become a valuable support for thousands of families in need. A third of the people the foodbank feeds are children.

But the foodbank has been struggling with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, which has seen supermarket shelves emptying and people isolating at home. The charity has closed four centres and is running low on a number of food essentials.

Redcar campaigner Luke Myer organised the local community to raise over two thousand pounds to help the foodbank. The online crowdfunder has captured the attention of over a hundred people in the area, including local politicians and the Tees Valley Mayor. The fund has raised £2,000 since last weekend, with an average donation of £19.

Luke Myer, organiser of the crowdfunder, said:

“It’s amazing what our community can do when we come together. Through so many people chipping in, our town has taken a difficult situation and shown how we can help people in need.”

Ruth Fox, Chief Executive of Footprints in the Community, said:

“I’m overwhelmed by how quickly and generously people are giving. I can assure you that this will make a massive difference to local people. Thank you!”

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