Church groups grateful for donations

South Tyneside Churches Together Magaret Haley receives frunds from Santander Bank presented by the mayor of South Tyneside Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson. Back staff Tracey Harris and Steve Irish
South Tyneside Churches Together Magaret Haley receives frunds from Santander Bank presented by the mayor of South Tyneside Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson. Back staff Tracey Harris and Steve Irish

CHURCH groups in South Tyneside have received a welcomed boost.

New Hope Church, based in Robinson Street, South Shields, was handed boxes of food items collected by staff at First Contact Clinical.

Workers at the social enterprise, which is based at Tedco, in South Shields, aim to improve the health of people in the borough and chose the cause as a way of helping the community at Christmas.

The food was used to create parcels for residents in need of help to feed their families.

Patricia Smith, one of the church leaders and administrator for the food bank at New Hope Church, said: “The support we have received has been briliant. We have handed out more than 800 food parcels in the past 12 months, so this food was a welcome donation.”

Meanwhile, town centre bank Santander handed over a cheque for £500 to South Tyneside Churches Together.

The group offers a range of services to aid the community, including working together to debate current issues, projects to serve the community, including the Key Project, which supports young people who are homeless or at risk of being made homeless, work with people from varying backgrounds as well as running a food bank.

The money was made available after a successful bid to Santander’s Community Plus scheme, which supports local charities and projects.