Trolley push through streets helps foodbank

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A trolley-dash took place through Sheffield to help collect donations for the city’s foodbanks.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun John Campbell, joined supporters to push a trolley from the Town Hall to Burngreave, collecting cash on the way.

Some of the trolley pushers donned fancy dress of wigs and onesies for the occasion.

The event was part of a nationwide Foodbank Trolley Push organised by The Trussell Trust, which runs many of the UK’s foodbanks.

Andrew Birtwhistle, Burngreave Foodbank Manager, said: ‘We had a fantastic day and the reaction from the public was amazing.

“The demand for foodbanks is huge and still growing, but Burngreave residents were really supportive as always.”

The Trussell Trust has launched over 300 foodbanks in the UK, including Burngreave Foodbank.

The foodbank provides parcels containing enough nutritionally-balanced emergency food to help people in crisis for up to three days. “Many foodbank clients are working families who are struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate,” a spokesman for the Trussell Trust said.

Burngreave Foodbank also held a fundraising auction on Saturday at the Rock Christian Centre in Burngreave, where people could bid for tickets to sports matches and days out.

The Trussell Trust, founded in 2000, said that during the last 12 months 346,992 people have received at least three days of emergency food from its foodbanks, almost triple the number helped in 2011/12.

The national Foodbank Trolley Push event is continuing through this month and into May, to raise funds and awareness of foodbank sites.