Donations help homeless enjoy a hearty Christmas

Customer service advisor Verena Harrigan with some of the items donated by members at Leeds Building Society branches in the North East.

Customer service advisor Verena Harrigan with some of the items donated by members at Leeds Building Society branches in the North East.

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Generous members at Leeds Building Society’s branches in the North East have helped a regional homeless charity to stock up its cupboards in the build-up to Christmas.

Staff organised a tinned food collection on behalf of The People’s Kitchen, which has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged people in the Newcastle area since 1985.

There were some large totals involved within this collection, with 164 and 124 cans collected in the Morpeth and Blyth branches respectively.

The types of cans donated included store cupboard staples such as soups, beans and tinned tomatoes, as 
well as pasta and tinned meats.

The idea for the initiative came from Verena Harrigan, customer service advisor at the society’s branch in Morpeth.

She said: “The People’s Kitchen helps so many homeless people in Newcastle to have a warm 
meal at least once in the 
day.

“We have had collections for the charity in the past, but of course the need for the food supply never goes away.

“Therefore, a collection of food items at Christmas time seemed a really nice thing for the North East branches to do.”

Peter Samuel, a trustee of the charity, said: “We rely on donations of food to help us to meet the growing demand from our friends.

“Generous efforts such as this will make a huge difference to the lives of our friends and increase our food stocks over the long, cold winter nights.”