In April South Lakes Labour launched an appeal to raise funds for the four foodbanks in the Westmorland and Lonsdale Constituency. Our target was £400, meaning £100 for each foodbank, but due to the generosity of our members and supporters the total raised was £700. This has now been split equally and a cheque for £175 has been sent to each foodbank.
Linda Sutherland, manager of King’s Foodbank in Kendal said, “Our thanks to the Westmorland and Lonsdale Labour Party for the donation of £175 towards the work of the food bank. This is much appreciated.”
Mary Salter, the coordinator at Milnthorpe Area Foodbank said, “Thank you very much for the generous donation of £175 to Milnthorpe Area Food Bank. We are always very grateful to receive donations of money as this enables us to by items of fresh food to include with each delivery. We are very grateful for your support.”
Rahina Borthwick, project coordinator at Grange over Sands Community Lunch which operates the food share scheme in the Grange area, said, “This very kind donation will help us continue our efforts to help local people badly affected financially by the pandemic. We share out surplus food from FareShare and use cash donations to buy things like nappies, cooking oil, pet food etc. It’s a lovely way of connecting and showing we all care for each other.”
Windermere foodbank expressed their thanks, saying that the money would be used for their new project: The Summer holiday Monday picnic lunch which will be launched on July 20th.
Speaking on behalf of South Lakes Labour Party, chair Paul Braithwaite said, “Although the South Lakes area is often assumed to be prosperous, there is still a need to help those on low incomes who are struggling to feed their families. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, with its associated business closures and furloughing of staff, that need has increased exponentially with foodbanks across South Lakes seeing many more people in need of their help. South Lakes Labour members are pleased to be able to support the foodbanks and would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to our appeal.”