Staff from Gilliotts, a Nottinghamshire based funeral firm, recently spent a morning at a food bank to understand how it helps local families – following a £1,000 donation the parlour made to the charity over the Christmas period.
As part of the visit, Joanne Hutsby and Ashley Hickenbotham, from Gillotts Funeral Directors helped sort new donations and pack plastic bags full of food and household goods at Eastwood Food Bank, just across the road from their offices, last month.
The company, which runs five branches in Nottinghamshire and across the border in Derbyshire, donated £1,000 to the food bank after raising the money during its memorial Christmas tree appeal last December.
The food bank, which serves families in the towns of Eastwood and Kimberley, was one of five food banks to benefit from the charity appeal, along with others in Selston, Stapleford, Heanor and Langley Mill.
Eastwood Food Bank is run by the Eastwood Volunteer Bureau and its service is currently very much in demand, with 70 people visiting the bureau, in Nottingham Road, every Friday to pick up food parcels.
Hutsby, who is a partner at Gilliotts said: “We were really pleased to be able to help Eastwood Food Bank and it was very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.”