Supermarket forks out for town’s needy

Jackie Pulling, Jo Saunders, Sarah Collins, Laura Tindall, Betty Raywood, with Jane and Nick Snowden.
Jackie Pulling, Jo Saunders, Sarah Collins, Laura Tindall, Betty Raywood, with Jane and Nick Snowden.

Supermarket staff have committed themselves to helping Bridlington’s homeless and hungry by donating any unsold food to a charity.

Morrisons has partnered up with The Hinge Centre to support families struggling to put food on the table, as well as Bridlington’s homeless population.

The supermarket’s charity, The Morrisons Foundation, also made a donation of £11.950 to the Hinge Centre, so they can continue providing much-need community support in the town.

Morrisons Bridlington’s Community Champion, Sarah Colins, said the supermarket chain wants to prevent throwing out food that is still edible.

Sarah said: “Myself and Laura Tindall are the newly appointed Community Champions for Bridlington.

“We are dedicated to really making a difference in our local community and we are really proud of our first achievements.”

Not only will struggling families benefit from food distributed by The Hinge, but also regulars at The Kingfisher Café West Street, who provide homeless people with free, hot meals.

Betty Raywood, treasurer at the café, said they are in more need of more donations than ever before, following the death of chairman Kathleen Brown last year.

She said: “At the moment we are finding it quite
difficult.

“We are in desperate need of funding for utilities.

“The food donations from Morrison’s are definitely
making a difference. We get quite a lot from them, along with donations from their customers.”

And Morrison’s cash donation to the Hinge centre means they can continue their Sports Ranger Project at Bridlington Sports Hall.

The after-school club 
provides children aged five to 
seventeen with afternoon play sessions, at which one half of the sports hall is dedicated to coach-led structured sport, and the other half set aside for free play.

Jo Saunders, of the Hinge Centre, said: “It gives children something to do from Mondays to Fridays.

“We run an after-school club at the Hinge Centre, but it’s only small. Having it at the sports hall means there is no limit on numbers.”