A six-year-old girl was at the heart of a huge community effort to collect enough food for 10,000 meals for needy people this Christmas.-
Summer Millington gave up her weekend to collect food from shoppers at Sainsbury’s in Morecambe.
Summer was one of 120 volunteers across the district who joined the Neighbourhood Food Collection – which netted an incredible four tonnes of food in just one week for Morecambe Bay Foodbank.
The collection, supported by ITV’s Good Morning Britain, took place in every Tesco store across the UK alongside collections at local Sainsbury’s and Asda supermarkets.
It was held to make sure the foodbank has enough food to help people during the winter, wthe hardest time of year for people in poverty.
Annette Smith, Morecambe Bay Foodbank project coordinator, said: “I’ve been amazed by the generosity and kindness of the public during this campaign.
“Support like this means that we can keep up with demand, as more local people than ever struggle to put food on the table as Christmas approaches.
”Last year we made just over 90 parcels and helped over 140 adults and 150 children during the Christmas period, which without the support of the local community would not have been possible.”
Annette, who won two of The Visitor’s Sunshine Community Awards in 2014 for her work with the foodbank, also thanked The Bay radio for supporting the appeal.
The foodbank, based at the church on Green Street in Morecambe, has given out three days’ worth of food to over 2,500 people so far this year.