Sweet idea for fam­i­lies

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - NEWS - EL­LIOT SMITH

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.”

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