A Dearne Valley foodbank that helps residents facing financial hardship has received an early Christmas present - in the form of a £1000 cheque.
Representatives of the National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, set up by the National Grid to help tackle fuel poverty, and John Healey MP presented a cheque to volunteers at the Wath Community Foodbank on Friday.
Jeremy Nesbitt, managing director of the National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the fantastic work of the foodbank in helping those most in need at this difficult time of year.”
Based in Montgomery Hall, the foodbank has been running for a year in partnership with Fareshare Yorkshire and Rotherham’s Food in Crisis.
Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, it provides food for people facing short-term financial hardship.
Speaking on behalf of the food bank, reverend Sue Hobley, vicar of All Saints Parish Church in Wath, said: “We are very grateful for the generous donation from National Grid through our MP John Healey, which will help us to sustain and develop our Wath Community Foodbank.
“The donation will enable us to pay the rent and refurbish our storage space with new shelving. We expect demand for help from the food bank will increase in the coming months so this funding is very welcome.
“We have a team of committed and able volunteers but we are always looking for more people to get involved.”
Mr Healey, a former chairman of Affordable Warmth Solutions, is a long-term supporter of the foodbank and nominated the charity for the donation.
He said: “In our area and around the country we’re seeing many more families forced to rely on food banks. The Wath Community Foodbank is playing a vital role in helping those facing hardship in our community at the time when they need it most. I’d like to thank National Grid for supporting this fantastic organisation and helping them to continue their much-needed work.”