Sweet idea for families
STRETFORD Mall shoppers are being encouraged to give struggling families a sweet treat by donating Easter eggs.
H&T Pawnbrokers has set up a specially decorated Humpty Dumpty trolley at the store to col- lect chocolate eggs for Salford Central Foodbank in time for Easter weekend.
Salford Central Foodbank fed 3,300 people in 2014, including 1,300 children. Those in need can receive a crisis voucher for three days’ worth of food, after an assessment at one of fifty agencies in the area, including Social Services and the Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Tony Doyle, manager at H&T Pawnbrokers, said: “We collected food for the foodbank two years ago and that was really successful, but we wanted to do something a bit different this year.
“We get a lot of customers who need a bit more cash freeing up to make ends meet, because we are a pawnbrokers, so I think they can see how anyone might need the help of a foodbank one day.
“We really hope it will bring a smile to people’s faces when they open their bags this Easter.”
Craig Topping, Stretford Mall duty manager, said: “It is a lovely idea to provide a treat for those people who have fallen on hard times, and I would like to congratulate Tony and his team for their hard work.”
Mark Whittington, manager of the Foodbank, said: “It means people can give an Easter egg to their child when they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to.
“It’s going to be a real help, and bring a smile to kids’ faces.”