Staff helping to beat hunger

Nikki Hart (left) of Blackpool Food Partnership with Rochen Brady and Lizzie Farrar from BIU Utilities.

Nikki Hart (left) of Blackpool Food Partnership with Rochen Brady and Lizzie Farrar from BIU Utilities.

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Selling ice-cream has helped ensure vulnerable people do not go hungry.

Volunteers from St Annes-based company BIU Utilities raised £153 for the Blackpool Food Partnership selling strawberry ripples and mint-choc chip treats to the 80 staff this summer.

Lizzie Farrar, Rochen Brady and Will Golding have also organised dress down days and collected tinned food and work clothes.

All of the funds, clothing and food will be used to help people in crisis in Blackpool and the surrounding area.

Nikki Hart, manager at Blackpool Food Partnership, said: “We’re delighted BIU Utilities employees have worked so hard to raise funds to support people in crisis.

“People go hungry in Blackpool and surrounding areas for many reasons beyond their control, loss of a job, illness, coming out of hospital, bereavement, getting a job and waiting for first pay packet, delays in receiving tax credits and benefits, relationship breakdown.

“This will be a tremendous help to us in at our busiest time of year and will benefit lots of children and families.”

Blackpool Food Partnership is a group of charities, churches and local businesses, led by Methodist Action NW, that works together to tackle food poverty by distributing food parcels to individuals and families struggling to feed themselves.