You reach out with donations to Centrepoint Outreach

Sills and Betteridge donating �300 to Centrepoint Outreach to buy tinned meat they desperately need for food parcels.'L-R Liz Hopkins - CEO of Centrepoint Outreach, Charlotte Porter and Jayne Coddington of Sills and Betteridge.
Sills and Betteridge donating �300 to Centrepoint Outreach to buy tinned meat they desperately need for food parcels.'L-R Liz Hopkins - CEO of Centrepoint Outreach, Charlotte Porter and Jayne Coddington of Sills and Betteridge.

Caring readers have responded in their droves to an appeal by Boston’s homeless charity for food to give to families and individuals in need.

Centrepoint Outreach said it had a ‘fantastic’ response to its call for emergency supplies – with more than 30 individual donations coming in.

Two weeks ago The Standard reported how some shelves at the charity’s Red Lion Street HQ were left bare.

Due to an increase in demand, foods such as tinned meats and potatoes, had all but run out – leading the charity to call for emergency help from the public.

“We have had donations from organisations and individuals including young people and pensioners,” said Lesley Goodale, project worker for the charity.

“We’ve had over 30 separate donations towards the food parcels, which is great as I gave out five on Friday alone.”

The charity recently accepted a cheque for £300 from Sills and Betteridge Solicitors in Boston.

Rebecca Handford from the company said: “We saw the article in The Standard and just thought we would really like to help out.”

Other donations included a Marks and Spencer customer buying £100 of food to give, and a local pub landlord using up his Tesco vouchers to buy a large amount.

The charity’s CEO Liz Hopkins said: “The response we’ve had has been really humbling.

“On behalf of all of us at Centrepoint Outreach I would like to say a huge thank you to all who responded so generously to our appeal for food.

“Demand for food parcels continues to remain high, but the donations will help to ensure that we continue to supply food to those in need.”