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Foodbank gets bumper Christmas donation from Colchester police station

PUBLISHED: 07:25 25 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:25 25 December 2018

From left to right: PC Liam Brown, PC Steve Woodward, Inspector Gary Chapman, Michael Beckett (Colchester Foodbank), Caroline Beckett (Colchester Foodbank and Vicar of Brightlingsea), Acting Sergeant Carla Hammond, PC Anna Collins and PCSO Wayne Burke Picture: ESSEX POLICE

From left to right: PC Liam Brown, PC Steve Woodward, Inspector Gary Chapman, Michael Beckett (Colchester Foodbank), Caroline Beckett (Colchester Foodbank and Vicar of Brightlingsea), Acting Sergeant Carla Hammond, PC Anna Collins and PCSO Wayne Burke Picture: ESSEX POLICE

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Colchester’s policing team have donated over 150kg of food and presents for the town’s foodbank.

PCSO Lee Compton and PCSO Wayne March were happy to donate the police station collection to the Trussell Trust-organised Colchester Foodbank Picture: ESSEX POLICEPCSO Lee Compton and PCSO Wayne March were happy to donate the police station collection to the Trussell Trust-organised Colchester Foodbank Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Officers, staff and volunteers at Colchester police station gathered seasonal food, vital hygiene products and gifts to support families in need at Christmas.

They collected for the Colchester Foodbank, which is run by Trussell Trust, and presents and practical items for patients and their families at St Helena Hospice. The items for the foodbank weighed 150.5kg in total and were collected in person by foodbank organisers Michael and Caroline Beckett.

Chief Inspector Shaun Kane said: “The Colchester Foodbank and St Helena Hospice are just two of the brilliant organisations who do amazing work all year round to support the people who need it most in our district.

“Christmas is a time for celebration but we are acutely aware it can be a very difficult time of year for some members of our community.

Over 150kg of good were collected at the police station Picture: ESSEX POLICEOver 150kg of good were collected at the police station Picture: ESSEX POLICE

“We wanted to do our little bit to try and ease some of the stress, and we hope our small contribution will help.”

Michael Beckett, manager at Colchester Foodbank said: “Our trustees, volunteers and clients at the foodbank would like to say a big thank you for the generous support from the local police and community that keeps us going.

“We fed more than 6,300 people last year, of which over a third were children.

“The sad news is the trend is for increased use of the foodbank. Despite our best efforts to help people not to need to use our service, many more people find themselves in crisis and are referred by frontline agencies to use our emergency service.”

Sarah Wilson, corporate partnerships manager at St Helena Hospice, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for our patients and their loved ones, so for them to know people in our community are thinking of them will be a great comfort.”

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