35kg of food donated to people in need this Christmas

A food bank in Telford has been handed about 35kg of food to give to those in need this Christmas.

Bosses at Cleveland Cleaning Ltd, based in Madeley, donated the food to Mark’s Pit Stop at the Community Health and Enterprise Centre (CHEC) cafe in High Street, Madeley.

Each of the 40 members of staff donated an item in return for their Christmas present.

Marie McCreadie, director of Cleveland Cleaning, said: “I just wanted to do something a little different this year.

“Every year we give our staff a small present but this year I wanted them to give something back to the community in return.
“All our staff are very dedicated and work very hard throughout the year so of course they deserve the small gift - in fact they deserve a lot more - but we all need to remember that there are many people worse off than us.

“I have seen the work that CHEC in Madeley is doing, it is such a benefit to people who are really finding life hard at the moment so this is just a little something that we can do.”

Bosses at Cleveland Cleaning gave out boxes of Panettone in a festive tin to each member of staff as they collected the tins and dry food.

Among the items donated are tins of beans, tomatoes and soup, as well as pasta, spaghetti and cereal.

Mark’s Pit Stop will redistribute the food to the poor and needy. The voluntary-run service was set up by Janet Groves nine years ago when her son Mark died after using drugs.
It is a drop-in centre for the lonely or in need and the homeless offering friendship, food and clothing.
Mrs Groves said: “We were extremely pleased to receive the donation of food from Cleveland Cleaning.

“It was most unexpected and a great surprise. They are only round the corner so we were very pleased to hear from them.
“Last spring we didn’t have any tins of food, we were down so low, so we are very grateful for any donation.

“We normally receive from churches so this was a  bit different.”
Nikki McCreadie, Marie’s daughter who also works at the family-business, gave the staff their presents and collect the donations.
She said: “I felt a bit like father Christmas giving the Panettone out but it was great to get something back for charity too.

“There was not one member of staff who did not want to donate and everyone did it with a smile on their face.

“I think everyone appreciated that it is for a great cause and were only to happy to contribute.

“It has been such a success and I would like us to continue this throughout the New Year.”

Mark's Pit Stop is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 1pm in the cafe. As well as goods, it offers a listening ear and help and support.

To make a donation or find out more about the service contact Janet Groves on 07817 981 772.

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