Foodbank users give thanks

Ricardo Ruse and Scott Preddy.
Ricardo Ruse and Scott Preddy.
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Two young men have thanked Morecambe Bay Foodbank for feeding them when they were going through a tough time.

Scott Preddy and Ricardo Ruse told the audience at an awards event how the foodbank helped get them back on their feet.

Scott, 20, and Ricardo, 17, are both residents at Morecambe Foyer, the Salvation Army Housing Association-run centre on Thornton Road for troubled young people.

They were invited to the Green Street facility to speak at a special ‘year in review’ event for volunteers, food donors, supermarkets, schools, media, businesses and agencies who work with the foodbank.

Vicky Downie, project worker at the Foyer, said: “When many of our residents first move in, they have nowhere to live, they don’t have any benefits in place, and it can take two weeks or even longer for them to be sorted out. Having the foodbank there takes the pressure off because they know they are going to eat.”

Annette Smith, foodbank co-ordinator, gave out certificates and prizes at the event on Wednesday.

Recipients included Torrisholme Primary School children Lucy and Kenzie, both nine, who with fellow pupils sold painted flower pots at the school Christmas Fair to raise money to buy food for the foodbank.

Annette also thanked The Visitor for supporting the foodbank. The foodbank and Annette both won awards at our Sunshine Ball community awards night in 2014.