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Generous Society members help to stock up The People’s Kitchen

Generous members at Leeds Building Society’s branches in the North East have helped a regional homeless charity to stock up its cupboards in the build up to Christmas.


Society colleagues in the region organised a tinned food collection on behalf of The People’s Kitchen, which has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged people in the Newcastle area since 1985.


Members at the mutual’s North East branches in Morpeth, Durham, Blyth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, South Shields, Wallsend, Newcastle and Chester-le-Street, and the Society’s processing centre at Silverlink Business Park, have kindly donated 380 cans.


There were some large totals involved within this collection, with 164 and 124 cans collected in the Morpeth and Blyth branches respectively.


The types of cans donated included store cupboard staples such as soups, beans, tinned tomatoes, as well as pasta and tinned meats.


This initiative was organised by Verena Harrigan, Customer Service Advisor at the Society’s branch in Morpeth, who said: “The People’s Kitchen helps so many homeless people in Newcastle to have a warm meal at least once in the day. We have had collections for the charity in the past, but of course the need for the food supply never goes away. Therefore a collection of foodstuffs at Christmas time seemed a really nice thing for the North East branches to do.”


Peter Samuel, Trustee of the charity, was delighted with the collection of food by Leeds Building Society colleagues and members. He said: “We rely on donations of food to help us to meet the growing demand from our friends. Generous efforts such as this will make a huge difference to the lives of our friends and increase our food stocks over the long, cold winter nights.”


Notes to Editors

Verena Harrigan with some of the cans donated.

Verena Harrigan with some of the cans donated.

Verena Harrigan with some of the cans donated.

Verena Harrigan with some of the cans donated.

The People’s Kitchen is based at Alison Centre, 56 Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5SQ.

The mission of The People’s Kitchen is to seek to offer high quality and relevant services for existing and new clients (their Friends) – 46% of whom have no friends or family to support them – and to develop and deepen those services to help move people towards independent living. The ‘Your Futures’ programme aims to go one step further, working in conjunction with other welfare agencies for their service users’ benefit and to signpost client services available from other providers.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.7bn (as at 30th June 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.