Volunteers step up Snowdon for local Food Bank

A team of volunteers from The Aspire Group is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the Newcastle Food Bank by climbing Snowdon.

It will be a double donation to the charity because The Aspire Group has agreed to provide a grant of £500 in order to help the Food Bank at a time when demand for its service has increased.

Aspire Housing has worked particularly closely over the past year with the Food Bank to help customers who are struggling to make ends meet.

Ten colleagues mainly from the income team at Aspire will join with two volunteers from the Food Bank on Saturday 5 October to climb Snowdon.

Tim Edwards, Aspire Group head of regeneration said: “Having a local Foodbank has now become a necessity for our team as we deal with some very challenging situations.

“We get great feedback from customers who have used the Foodbank so we wanted to support them further by doing this sponsored walk.”

Bryan Rulton, Newcastle Food Bank project manager, said: “Our service is in high demand. Benefits changes, low wages and unemployment have seen an alarming increase in the need for Foodbank to support people in crisis locally.

“We think that’s only going to grow, so we are very pleased with this support.”

Bryan added: “In 2013 Foodbank distribution centres in the Borough saw a 10% month on month increase in the number of people needing to be fed. This rose by 47% in August and September has shown similar demands.”