A very proud day for Billingham Golf Club Gent's Captain Jimmy Collins as he handed over a cheque for £5,250 to Bev Burton, Finance Trustee at Billingham Foodbank. This amazing amount of money has been donated by members and visitors at the golf club throughout 2023 to the charity which Jimmy and his family have supported for many years.
The Foodbank has three local centres; Billingham, Norton and Stockton and is run by over 90 volunteers. It feeds those in crisis and operates on a referral system by agencies such as Citizens Advice, Job Centres, Social Services, NHS, schools and many more. They provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people. As well as food parcels at this time of year the charity also provide Christmas hampers and presents to children.
You will find donation bins in most local supermarkets. Stocks of long-life milk, fruit cordial, rice pudding, custard, tinned meat and fish are very low at the Billingham branch so please buy a bit extra next time you do your weekly shop and help local families who are struggling.
A massive thank you goes out to the generosity of BGC members on behalf of the Billingham and Stockton Borough Foodbank.
A message from the Club Captain James R Collins:
My chosen charity is Billingham & Stockton Borough Council Foodbank. They are part of the Trussell Trust who provide their infrastructure, legal guidance and management support.
Myself and my family have supported this charity for many years, and I now have the opportunity, in my role as Club Captain, during the extremely challenging times for everyone, to be able to donate any funds raised from my term as Club Captain.
The foodbank was established as an independent charity on 1st April 2018 and has been a foodbank in Billingham since 2012.
The foodbank feeds those in crisis and operates on a referral system with over 200 agencies registered with them, these include Citizens Advice, Job Centre, Social Services, Doctors, Schools & many more. They provide three day's nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people. They have a small stock of clothing and household items which can also be issued on a referral system.
They do not receive central funding and rely on public giving, grants and fund raising and are very grateful to their community for their generosity.