NNN community editor Richard Batson with Tina Nicholas and Kevin Willimott from Cromer Food Bank.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Support shows we were right to bank on you

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
1.26 PM

North Norfolk News readers are rallying to help the needy as they get behind our Banking on You campaign.

Kind-hearted people have dropped off scores of tins, bottles, packages and treats to go in parcels to tide people over when they fall on hard times.

And the Cromer and District Foodbank network is growing.

For yesterday, the organisation opened a distribution centre at the church hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at North Walsham - adding to those at Cromer’s Methodist church hall and St Joseph’s Catholic church hall at Sheringham.

All three will be open to receive donations from 1.30pm to 3pm on Wednesdays.

Foodbank chairman Tina Nicholas said: “We’re delighted to be able to open at North Walsham.”

Trustee Kevin Willimott said: “It really came about because when you look at the statistics, most of the people we were serving came from Cromer, but the second most needy area for food parcels has been North Walsham.

“We had a trustees’ meeting and said we needed to pray about it. That afternoon we had a guy from North Walsham get in touch with a food parcel, and out of that conversation came his interest in doing something through North Walsham Churches Together.”

Since the foodbank was launched in August, it has handed food parcels to 138 people, couples or families. The parcels, which contain, food, drink and other essentials, are designed to last for three days to enable people to get help from other agencies.

But, with Christmas looming, there could be a surge in need, which is why the North Norfolk News has joined forces with the foodbank to launch the Banking on You campaign.

We are asking you to spare one item of shopping to go into the food parcels. They can be left at any of the foodbank distribution bases or brought into the News’ office on Church Street, Cromer between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

This week, the shopping list of items that are being sought has a festive theme, with Christmas puddings and crackers included to add some good cheer at a difficult time.

Richard Batson, the News’ community editor, said: “We are delighted with the response to our appeal so far. We are well on the way to building a food morning in our office, and looking forward to it going to where it is needed the most.

“But, if you are able, we would urge you to keep giving - and put a smile on some faces in the festive season.”