Star’s back­ing for take­away cam­paign

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A cam­paign to raise £10,000 to help peo­ple strug­gling to make ends meet has been backed by the star of the hit film I, Daniel Blake.

East Durham Trust chiefs say they have been over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple who have do­nated to their Crowd­fund­ing Ap­peal launched in early Oc­to­ber.

The Peo­ple’s Take­away cam­paign has been backed by Dave Johns, star of Ken Loach’s hit I, Daniel Blake about a man’s strug­gle with poverty and the ben­e­fit sys­tem.

It was also sup­ported at the East Durham Trust’s an­nual con­fer­ence by Eas­ing­ton MP Gra­hame Mor­ris, who raised the is­sue in Par­lia­ment.

The money raised from the ap­peal will be matched by Comic Re­lief, al­low­ing the char­ity to set up the Peo­ple’s Take­away, a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion to the Emer­gency Food Par­cel, which was es­tab­lished in 2011. The project will see a work­ing kitchen es­tab­lished in the trust’s Peter­lee premises, with the lo­cal vol­un­teers pre­par­ing and de­liv­er­ing food to peo­ple who find them­selves in cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.

East Durham Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Fal­low said: “The re­sponse in such a short space of time has been as­ton­ish­ing – we have had a large and small do­na­tions from near and far; clearly there are peo­ple out there who care about peo­ple less well off than them­selves.”

The pro­posed project re­ceived­na­tion­al­pro­fil­ere­cently when lo­cal MP Gra­hame Mor­ris raised the cam­paign in the House of Com­mons dur­ing a de­bate on the Gov­ern­ment’s con­tro­ver­sial Uni­ver­sal Credit ini­tia­tive.

Dave Johns, star of the award-win­ning movie I Daniel Blake said: “Work­ing on I, Daniel Blake opened my eyes to the strug­gles of peo­ple liv­ing with ben­e­fit changes and re­form, and or­gan­i­sa­tions like East Durham Trust are vi­tal to sup­port­ing them.”

Mr Fal­low added: “We have so many peo­ple to thank, and the mes­sage we want to get out to peo­ple is that their do­na­tions will gen­uinely sup­port peo­ple in need.

“We know it’s a sad state of af­fairs when peo­ple need sup­port like this, but for the mo­ment we are sim­ply cel­e­brat­ing this amaz­ing ex­am­ple of gen­eros­ity.”

Any­one wish­ing to make a last-minute do­na­tion be­fore the ap­peal ends to­mor­row should visit www.east­durhamtrust.org.uk and fol­low the links pro­vided.

Dave Johns, star of I, Daniel Blake, with East Durham Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Fal­low.

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