Nexus staff have given a welcome boost to a South Tyneside foodbank.
Workers from across the company - which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro – held a collection for the Hebburn Helps community foodbank, which provides vital support to local families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Collection points were set up at different Nexus work locations, including its head office in Newcastle, and the Metro Control Centre and Train Fleet Depot in nearby Gosforth, so that staff could leave donations.
An abundance of tinned foods, pasta, jars of sauces, biscuits, toiletries, and even some dog food for pet owners, were officially handed over to the volunteers at the Hebburn foodbank.
Community Engagement Manager at Nexus, Jenni Daglish, said: “We always strive try to help out the communities where we provide our services.
“We did a collection around Christmas time for the Trussell Trust foodbank in the west end of Newcastle, and this summer we decided to spread that support to South Tyneside.
“The idea of having a summer collection came about after we heard that many families actually need more food for their children when they are on the school summer break.
“Over the last few weeks we’ve had food donation points set up at our different work sites and staff have been able to leave their donations as they come and go. Our workforce has given generously and all of the food that was collected has now gone to help those most in need.”
Jo Durkin, Co-founder of the Hebburn Helps Foodbank, said: “This is a vital donation for the foodbank. We’re thrilled to get support from Nexus.
“This will help local families to put food on the table, particularly in the summer holiday period, which is one of the hardest times of the year for families which are struggling financially.”
More information on the Hebburn Helps Foodbank can be found at http://hebburnhelps.co.uk/#top