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East Durham Trust foodbank’s takeaway service gets early boost as it emerges mum sold child's pram to pay for power
A FOODBANK’S new takeaway project aimed at meeting the extra demand created by the roll out of Universal Credit has raised over £1,000 since its launch just over a week ago.
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North East MP Grahame Morris told the Houses of Parliament that children are 'going hungry because of a flawed benefit system'.
The Easington MP said the film 'I, Daniel Blake' is a reality in his constituency as families struggle to make ends meet. During the commons debate on Universal Credit, Easington MP Grahame Morris told a shocking story of a young boy who sneaked a burger into his pocket at a community barbecue to take home to his hungry sister.
Mr Morris related the story that he was told by Malcolm Fallow, chief executive of the East Durham Trust, at the organisation’s recent 10th anniversary event.
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The People’s Takeaway project, which will add to the current provision of emergency food parcels in East Durham, has been mentioned in the House of Commons this week and has already raised over £1,000.
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Labour MPs will today call a House of Commons vote to demand the controversial roll out of Universal Credit is paused - as North-East foodbanks prepare to meet an expected increase in demand.
The move comes as the Government's flagship benefit reform, first piloted in Newcastle and Hartlepool, is rolled out this week in east Durham, one of the country's most deprived areas.
Labour is calling on ministers to “pause and fix” the benefit amid reports up to 25 Tories may be willing to support them following reports claimants are waiting six weeks for any money and getting into debt.
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A former miner who has become the public face of a major new healthinitiative has been given an Olympian seal of approval.
Albert Ellis, 62, of Horden, near Peterlee, is the veteran of over 20 Great North Runs and countless other events and is supporting the Run East Durham project hosted by the East Durham Trust.
Olympic marathon star Aly Dixon presented Mr. Ellis with a medal at a special launch of the project.
It is aimed at engaging 500 people in an attempt to increase levels of physical activity, with fun runs in former east Durham pit villages.
Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow: "Albert is an absolute inspiration to us all. Only weeks after this year's Great North Run, he is happy to pull on his trainers in support of the project.
"The project is not about creating the next Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe - it's just about getting people up and about and Albert is the perfect role model."
With his criticism of ‘dysfunctional’ unmarried men, Iain Duncan Smith added to the clamour of concern over the male psyche. From football fans to ‘feminised’ workplaces, Ross Raisin asks if men really do have a problem with modern life.
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Hundreds of people will attend a high profile event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of an East Durham charity.
The East Durham Trust, in Peterlee, has attracted over £5million in funding for important projects and services since it became a registered charity in 2007.
It has delivered services to tens of thousands of disadvantaged residents with a range of projects addressing issues including poverty, welfare and mental health. Over 200 guests are due to mark the trust’s achievements at its Annual Conference on Thursday, October 5.
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