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Gloucester Foodbank helped by housebuilder

Gloucester Foodbank is among one of five charities to receive a share of £5,000 from housebuilder David Wilson Homes.

Picture: Trussell Trust

Since the start of April, the charity has distributed 83 tonnes of food and toiletries - an 80 per cent increase on the previous year - and switched from collection to delivering emergency parcels.

Project manager Anneliese Sterry said: "With the coronavirus outbreak we have seen a huge surge in demand for food parcels.

"As we enter the new year we need to continue to be able to offer this crucial support to those who need it most.

"The generous donation from David Wilson Homes will help us continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food and additional support for people in crisis throughout the new year."

Together with sister company Barratt Homes the housebuilders, whose sites include Great Oldbury at Stonehouse and Rosewood Grange, Hardwicke, donate £3,000 every month to local causes.

It follows a £9,000 contribution to food banks across the South West last year.

James Dunne, managing director at David Wilson Homes South West, said: "It's important to us to make a positive contribution to the communities we build in and these charities were chosen because of the amazing work they do for homelessness and food poverty across the South West.

"This year it feels even more important to provide support than ever.

"We are hugely grateful to the staff and volunteers at Gloucester Food Bank for their incredibly valuable work and hope our contribution enables these charities to spread that support more widely."

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