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College’s students make donation to local food bank

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Pictured (l-r) are: students Dean Snaith, Mark Houghton, Emma Liddle, Stephanie Etherington, Jessica Lee, Rhys Sammons and Katya Edwards with (back) Jill Ford and Marie Appleby from NCS and (front right) Shirley Richardson from Woodhouse Close Church & Community Centre with her grandson Olly James Richardson, the youngest food packer.

A charity’s efforts to prevent poor people from going hungry have been boosted by caring students from Bishop Auckland College.

Yesterday a hamper was handed over to Woodhouse Close Church & Community Centre in Bishop Auckland, which runs the local food bank.

Students from the college’s catering department organised the collection of food items with graduates from the National Citizen Service programme, through the national education charity University of the First Age.

Posters were designed to promote food collection points, which were open for two days around the college campus.

The food bank, which was launched in 2009 and is funded via donations and the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership, provides around 30 cases of food per week to local families and single people in need.

Shirley Richardson, who organises the distribution of the food parcels, said: “We are very grateful to the Bishop Auckland College students and National Citizen Service graduates for organising the food collection. We rely on kind donations like this to be able to support local people in food poverty.”

Pauline Vipond, National Citizen Service Project Manager for UFA in Durham, added: “It’s fantastic to see our graduates are still supporting their local community and developing the skills they learnt whilst on programme.

“They’re exceptional ambassadors for both NCS and their college. We know they’ve worked exceptionally hard to organise food bank collections with Bishop Auckland College and Woodhouse Close Community Foodbank and we’re very proud of their achievements.”

Thousands of young people have already booked their place on the upcoming NCS summer programme. Teenagers keen to take part are being urged to sign up now at ncsnortheast.co.uk or by calling 0191 247 4020.