Cab­bies lend a hand to help spread fes­tive cheer

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - KATIE FITZPATRICK

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@ sal­ford­cen­­bank. or info@sal­ford­cen­­ 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

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