Partners answer food bank’s plea

The North East Partnerships team got into the Christmas spirit by supporting a local food bank, which feeds over 300 people each week.

Charity, Peace of Mind, which runs the food bank from Gateshead, has been struggling to cope with the rise in numbers accessing the service during the Covid 19 pandemic.

So Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) – of which Vistry is the construction partner – made a donation of £500 to help re-stock the shelves.  In addition, staff at Vistry Partnerships North East and some clients collected further essential items.

As well as the weekly food parcels, the money raised contributed towards school uniforms, stationery and bags for a number of children.

Claire Dickinson, Vice Chairperson with Peace of Mind said: ““Thanks to this generous support we can continue to help individuals and families seeking asylum, by meeting the most basic of human needs – nutrition and clothing.”

Development Director with GRP, Christine Curran, added:  “We work closely with organisations and community groups in the areas in which we build and when we heard about the difficulties Peace of Mind was facing, our partnership – and employees across the organisations that make it up – stepped up.

“As well as providing some much needed funds, we have delivered boxes of essential items and will continue to hold employee collections.”