Staff from JF Hornby hit the shops for foodbank campaign

KIND-hearted staff from an accountancy firm piled it high as they took to the aisles of a supermarket to help families in need this Christmas.

A trio of workers from Ulverston-based JF Hornby and Co donned their best festive jumpers ahead of the impromptu ‘trolley dash’ around Asda.

They were collecting food in support of Barrow AFC’s foodbank appeal which was launched earlier this month.

JF Hornby managing director Paul Hornby is also interim chairman at the football club. He said: “Christmas is a very special time of year, but there is also a very upsetting reality about the festive season.

“Hundreds of local families across the Barrow, Ulverston and Millom areas will struggle to feed themselves over the coming weeks.

“Joining forces with the football club was a natural thing to do and we were delighted with the amount of food and groceries we managed to collect. They will all go to such a worthwhile cause.”

Helping hand: Paul Hornby

Foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust, has revealed it expects this Christmas period to be the busiest ever for its volunteers.

New data recently released shows December was the busiest month for foodbanks last year. During December 2017, The Trussell Trust’s network provided 159,388 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; 65,622 of these went to children. This was a 49% increase on the monthly average for the 2017-18 financial year. The figures reveal the year on year need for foodbanks in December is increasing steeply – the number of food supplies given to people marked a 10% rise from December 2016 when 144,677 were given out.

The Hornby’s trolley dash was carried out by India McClure, Sarah Woodward and Rhianna Harper. Once they had piled their chariots as high as possible, they hit the checkouts before heading over to Holker Street, the home of Barrow AFC, where manager Ian Evatt was waiting to greet them.

India said: “We had plenty of fun filling the trolleys and spending Paul’s money, but of course there was a serious side to what we were doing.

“It’s so awful to think that so many people will need the support of their local foodbank this Christmas. We were really happy to do our bit to help.”

The mountain of food collected by Barrow AFC has now been handed over to the foodbank.

If you are struggling over the festive period, you can call the Barrow, Ulverston and Millom Foodbank on 01229 343436.