October 21st, 2016

Leamington charity given helping hand

Leamington charity given helping hand Leamington charity given helping hand
Feeling souper - left to right - Helping Hands volunteer Holly Dushenne, manager Lianne Kirkman, volunteers Mark Jones and Leanne Warner and Sue Heyes from the Heart of England Community Foundation. (s)

THE WHEELS are turning at a Leamington charity.

The Helping Hands Community Project has been awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Heart of England Community Foundation towards a second van to support the running of its soup kitchen.

Helping Hands works with the homeless, those on low income, victims of domestic abuse and those with drug and alcohol addictions in Warwickshire, and runs a soup kitchen in Leamington’s Newbold Terrace on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Helping Hands charity manager, Lianne Kirkman said: “We used to have just one van to transport all of our equipment, tables and chairs and all of the food was transported by us in our cars.

“Having a second van means that we are able to take a lot more food along and we also use it to collect any donations.

“We usually see anywhere between eight and 30 people using the soup kitchen per session so there is a massive need for it.

“Having another van is such a valuable asset and enables to distribute even more food to those in need.”

The Foundation has awarded more than £175,000 in grants to some 100 groups and organisations across the West Midlands over the past three months.

Visit www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk for more information.