A campaign to raise £10,000 to help people struggling to make ends meet has been backed by the star of the hit film ‘I, Daniel Blake’.
East Durham Trust chiefs say they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have donated to their Crowdfunding Appeal launched in early October.
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A CHARITY is celebrating after raising over £10,000 to help feed residents struggling to make ends meet. The People’s Takeaway will be set up at East Durham Trust’s Peterlee premises with money raised from the Crowdfunding appeal and matched by Comic Relief. The volunteer-led project will support families in crisis by providing them with hot meals for free. A working kitchen is being established with local people preparing and delivering food to people.
Malcolm Fallow, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The response in such a short space of time has been astonishing. We have had a large and small donations from near and far. Clearly there are people out there who care about people less well off than themselves.”
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A CHARITY has seen a spike in demand in the ten days following the introduction of universal credit and is predicting a 40 per cent rise in the number of food parcels it hands out by the end of the year.
East Durham Trust, which provides emergency food parcels, debt advice and benefit checks to the communities of the former district of Easington, has reported a surge since last week, when the benefit was introduced for new claimants in the area.
Last week, the charity fed more than 400 children during half-term “holiday hunger” events and helped 14 new claimants who went to the charity for help directly in response to universal credit, which combines a number of benefits into a single payment.
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