Cabbies lend a hand to help spread festive cheer
TAXI drivers have rallied around to help put smiles on the faces of needy children this Christmas.
Black cab drivers in Salford and Eccles held a collection to buy chocolates for youngsters as part of the Advertiser-backed Salford Central Foodbank Christmas appeal.
And the kind-hearted cabbies raised enough to buy 100 selection boxes and advent calendars to donate to the food bank in Mocha Parade, Lower Broughton.
Stuart Ryan, a member of the Salford Black Cabs Owners and Drivers Association, said: “The idea is to put a smile on children’s faces this Christmas.
“People do need help, not just at Christmas but all year round. We wanted to give children an extra boost this Christmas with chocolate selection boxes and calendars.”
The Advertiser has joined forces with Salford Central Foodbank to help people fighting poverty this Christmas.
We are urging people to dig deep for the festive season and donate nonperishable food items such as tinned vegetables, custard, gravy and ham as well as items to help fami- lies celebrate Christmas, such as crackers, chocolates, selection boxes, Christmas cake and toys for children.
Salford Central Foodbank gives food parcels to people struggling for rea- sons ranging from redundancy, job loss due to injury or sickness, receiving an unexpected bill or having benefits altered or stopped.
This year, the food bank, which serves the entire city, has fed 2,600 people in crisis, and 1,000 of these were hungry children.
More than 60 per cent of cases referred were due to benefit changes or delays. The food bank is open from 2pm to 4pm, Tues- day and Friday. Anyone wishing to donate can call in, email co-ordinator Scott Tulloch at scott@ salfordcentral.foodbank. org.uk or email@example.com or call 0161 637 4500.
Taxi driver Stuart Ryan, a member of the Salford Black Cabs Owners and Drivers Association, with some of the goodies that will be donated to the food bank