More than slim chance for help

Weight loss group do­nate to food­bank

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Han­nah Raven han­nah.raven@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A WEIGHT loss group has clubbed to­gether to do­nate to Hilling­don Food­bank.

Af­ter read­ing the Gazette’s cov­er­age in June about us­age of the Hilling­don Food­bank shoot­ing up by 300 per cent over the past year, Slim­ming World groups in Hayes and Har­ling­ton de­cided to help.

“We were wor­ried about the strain of the cost of the school holidays would have on lo­cal families in cri­sis,” said Stacey Can­non, team man­ager for Slim­ming World.

“We sprung to ac­tion and started col­lect­ing do­na­tions from mem­bers.

“It’s just so heart­warm­ing to know that our mem­bers care so much for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the sheer vol­ume of do­na­tions show this.

“Peo­ple think that we are just about los­ing weight, but it goes far deeper than that.”

An­other lo­cal con­sul­tant, Deb­bie Con­way, said: “I’ve just been blown away by the gen­eros­ity of the mem­bers in the Hayes area.

“Mem­bers are al­ready ask­ing us when we will be co­or­di­nat­ing an­other col­lec­tion.

“It’s some­thing we are very keen to do.”

When the Trus­sell Trust launched food­banks in Lon­don in 2000, there were only six. To­day there are 39, with num­bers con­stantly in­creas­ing.

There are now 280 Food­banks across the UK.

To find out more about the Food­bank, see: www. hilling­don.food­bank.org. uk/con­tact, call 01895 252 224 or email hilling­don food­bank@kings­bor­ough. org.uk.

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