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Blackburn foodbank’s Easter plea for donations overlooked by public

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BLACKBURN foodbank’s Easter Appeal ‘failed to connect with people’ leaving organisers disappointed over the holiday period.

The Brunswick centre foodbank launched a lenten appeal that urged people to give something instead of give up something for Lent.

Ros Duerden, project manager at the Blackburn foodbank said: “For whatever reason, people just didn’t engage with the idea and we were quite disappointed.

“We have to work even harder to get people involved.

“I don’t think it’s a lack of generosity, people give so much and are asked to give so much all the time for those in need and there had just been a big Sports Relief push that people had got behind and the bishop launched his own Easter appeal so there was a lot going on and I think we just maybe got a little bit forgotten about.”

Nationally, the Trussell Trust, which runs the Blackburn foodbank, says that it saw a surge in donations over Easter after an article in a national newspaper contributed to a 1,000 per cent increase in donations.

The trust was criticised by a report in the Daily Mail which alleged that the trust was misleading the public with ‘emotionally manipulative’ publicity and that ‘government sources’ rejected the trust’s statement that one million people need food aid in the UK.

Before the story was published, there had been about 250 public donations on the Trussell Trust’s JustGiving page, launched in January.

That jumped to more than 3,300, worth more than £36,000 and several donors cited the article as the reason for contributing.

However, Ros told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Sadly our bank account has not seen an influx of money and even more sadly we had a very poor response to our Easter appeal but I don’t think it was related to the article as that was printed after our appeal.”

The foodbank say they had enough donations to ensure that no one went hungry over Easter, largely due to a successful collection at the Tesco store in Great Harwood.

Community Solutions, based in Burnley and Accrington shared an alternative story, as their Easter Appeal for Easter eggs was almost too successful leaving them with a surplus amount of Easter treats.

Genevieve Waite at Community Solutions said: “BAE Systems and the BT Centre in Accrington both donated about 100 eggs each so in the end we had too many.”

“We donated some ourselves to children’s centres and offered some to the foodbank in Blackburn to try to help them out but luckily they didn’t need them in the end.”

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5:02pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.
Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 34

5:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Openminded? says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.
And whats wrong with that?
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.[/p][/quote]And whats wrong with that? Openminded?
  • Score: -40

5:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Openminded? wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.
And whats wrong with that?
What's right with it?

Charity starts at home.
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.[/p][/quote]And whats wrong with that?[/p][/quote]What's right with it? Charity starts at home. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 31

6:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

karltop says...

People have finally discovered that the foodbanks are a fraud. A political tool, perpetuated by the LT, who report it faithfully, as if it is fact.
People have finally discovered that the foodbanks are a fraud. A political tool, perpetuated by the LT, who report it faithfully, as if it is fact. karltop
  • Score: 17

7:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

thresholdweller says...

karltop wrote:
People have finally discovered that the foodbanks are a fraud. A political tool, perpetuated by the LT, who report it faithfully, as if it is fact.
What? Are they distributing food to higher rate taxpayers? Aren't there hungry families in need of support? Which political group are organising this con, should it be a con?
[quote][p][bold]karltop[/bold] wrote: People have finally discovered that the foodbanks are a fraud. A political tool, perpetuated by the LT, who report it faithfully, as if it is fact.[/p][/quote]What? Are they distributing food to higher rate taxpayers? Aren't there hungry families in need of support? Which political group are organising this con, should it be a con? thresholdweller
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Fri 25 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ?
Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ?
People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ?
We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc.
Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?
Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ? Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ? People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ? We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc. Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ? M.DANNY
  • Score: 19

7:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

shytalk says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ?
Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ?
People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ?
We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc.
Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?
Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP.
You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty.
Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof.
http://www.theguardi
an.com/politics/2011
/apr/01/jobcentres-t
ricking-people-benef
it-sanctions
It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working.
It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children.
There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail.
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ? Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ? People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ? We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc. Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?[/p][/quote]Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP. You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty. Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof. http://www.theguardi an.com/politics/2011 /apr/01/jobcentres-t ricking-people-benef it-sanctions It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working. It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children. There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail. shytalk
  • Score: -11

8:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

shytalk wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ?
Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ?
People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ?
We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc.
Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?
Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP.
You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty.
Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof.
http://www.theguardi

an.com/politics/2011

/apr/01/jobcentres-t

ricking-people-benef

it-sanctions
It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working.
It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children.
There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail.
Britain spends £113 Billion on welfare in UK and foreign aid budget is less than 0.7% GDP of around £12 billion for entire Third World countries for starving people in Africa, Asia and South America
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ? Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ? People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ? We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc. Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?[/p][/quote]Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP. You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty. Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof. http://www.theguardi an.com/politics/2011 /apr/01/jobcentres-t ricking-people-benef it-sanctions It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working. It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children. There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail.[/p][/quote]Britain spends £113 Billion on welfare in UK and foreign aid budget is less than 0.7% GDP of around £12 billion for entire Third World countries for starving people in Africa, Asia and South America M.DANNY
  • Score: -7

11:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

M.DANNY wrote:
shytalk wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ?
Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ?
People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ?
We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc.
Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?
Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP.
You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty.
Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof.
http://www.theguardi


an.com/politics/2011


/apr/01/jobcentres-t


ricking-people-benef


it-sanctions
It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working.
It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children.
There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail.
Britain spends £113 Billion on welfare in UK and foreign aid budget is less than 0.7% GDP of around £12 billion for entire Third World countries for starving people in Africa, Asia and South America
And is this in England alone !
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Is Britain a Third World country ? Are people hungry ? Money for fags ,beer Satellite tvs mobile phones designer clothes cars and no money for food ? tin of beans and bread cost less than a £2 to feed a family ? People are prioritising on wrong things like fags beer satellite sky tvs mobile iphones and designer clothes ? We have welfare system that look after our low paids, unemployeds single parent families with benefits housing benefits council tax benefits child benefits, tax credits and child tax credits plus free health care free dentist treatments and free spectacles etc etc. Poverty means people who no shelter, food, water or clothes and i don't see this kind of poverty in UK ?[/p][/quote]Err i think you will find that in order to qualify for aid from a food bank then you need to be referred by either the benefits office of a GP. You wouldn't know that though would you being a plantation owner and never had to live in poverty. Our welfare system under this government has been changed. People are having their benefits sanctioned so as to show a reduction in unemployment figures to make the government look good. Don't believe me? Here is the proof. http://www.theguardi an.com/politics/2011 /apr/01/jobcentres-t ricking-people-benef it-sanctions It's not only people who are unemployed who are having to resort to food banks, but also pensioners, people who are sick, and even people who are working. It must make you really proud to see this government giving billions away in foreign aid, whilst people in the country are going hungry, including children. There are people who are being forced to live in serious poverty in Britain due to the callous behaviour of this government and they can not afford satellite telly, or fags and booze, so please do not believe what you read in the daily mail.[/p][/quote]Britain spends £113 Billion on welfare in UK and foreign aid budget is less than 0.7% GDP of around £12 billion for entire Third World countries for starving people in Africa, Asia and South America[/p][/quote]And is this in England alone ! Steven11
  • Score: -8

7:09am Sat 26 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty.
In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect .
I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong.
Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty. In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect . I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 7

7:34am Sat 26 Apr 14

shytalk says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty.
In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect .
I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong.
In times of austerity you don't go borrowing billions to give away in foreign aid.
http://www.express.c
o.uk/news/uk/389148/
Outrage-as-Britain-s
-foreign-aid-bill-go
es-UP-as-other-count
ries-make-cuts
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty. In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect . I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]In times of austerity you don't go borrowing billions to give away in foreign aid. http://www.express.c o.uk/news/uk/389148/ Outrage-as-Britain-s -foreign-aid-bill-go es-UP-as-other-count ries-make-cuts shytalk
  • Score: -5

9:27am Sat 26 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Off topic here but related to the article itself..

They are now victims of their own success, as they were crowing a few weeks ago, that they were able to help so many families over Easter. Am sure that this led people to have second thoughts about how much that they gifted.
I always chuck in a few tins, as I think, there, but for the grace of God, go I.
Off topic here but related to the article itself.. They are now victims of their own success, as they were crowing a few weeks ago, that they were able to help so many families over Easter. Am sure that this led people to have second thoughts about how much that they gifted. I always chuck in a few tins, as I think, there, but for the grace of God, go I. woolywords
  • Score: -5

11:27am Sat 26 Apr 14

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty.
In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect .
I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong.
I have absolutely no compunction whatsoever in writing that you're wrong. And I'd most certainly say it to your face. One of them, anyway. You only ever see what you're looking for and you're far too stupid to see what is ACTUALLY going on.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Finally people have woken up to the stupidity of food banks. M DANNY is spot on people ln Africa who have no food , water or shelter are in genuine poverty. In Britain they all have shelter they all have clothing and they receive enough money to live on, it's just that they decide to waste it on fags, taxis, takeaway food, sky, mobile phones ect ect . I have seen it with my own eyes so don't go saying I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]I have absolutely no compunction whatsoever in writing that you're wrong. And I'd most certainly say it to your face. One of them, anyway. You only ever see what you're looking for and you're far too stupid to see what is ACTUALLY going on. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: -4

1:35pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Openminded? wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.
And whats wrong with that?
I will tell you what is wrong with that. A large chunk of those funds raised behind closed doors will probablly be spent on arms to kill people, thats whats wrong with that. There is a fine line between open minded and having your head stuck firmly up you know where. I suspect you cross it on a regular basis , which is why our country is full of people who are radicalised.
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.[/p][/quote]And whats wrong with that?[/p][/quote]I will tell you what is wrong with that. A large chunk of those funds raised behind closed doors will probablly be spent on arms to kill people, thats whats wrong with that. There is a fine line between open minded and having your head stuck firmly up you know where. I suspect you cross it on a regular basis , which is why our country is full of people who are radicalised. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -3

6:40am Sun 27 Apr 14

woolywords says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Openminded? wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.
And whats wrong with that?
I will tell you what is wrong with that. A large chunk of those funds raised behind closed doors will probablly be spent on arms to kill people, thats whats wrong with that. There is a fine line between open minded and having your head stuck firmly up you know where. I suspect you cross it on a regular basis , which is why our country is full of people who are radicalised.
Crikey mate, that's a bit strong-armed of an opinion, isn't it?

Are you trying to tell me that, those tins of beans that I donate, are being chucked at people in Syria, with willful intent to do harm? I can't believe that myself, as they are good beans, far too good for chucking purposes.

Mind you, they do have a ring pull..
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Because a large population of Blackburn is busy sending it all to Syria.[/p][/quote]And whats wrong with that?[/p][/quote]I will tell you what is wrong with that. A large chunk of those funds raised behind closed doors will probablly be spent on arms to kill people, thats whats wrong with that. There is a fine line between open minded and having your head stuck firmly up you know where. I suspect you cross it on a regular basis , which is why our country is full of people who are radicalised.[/p][/quote]Crikey mate, that's a bit strong-armed of an opinion, isn't it? Are you trying to tell me that, those tins of beans that I donate, are being chucked at people in Syria, with willful intent to do harm? I can't believe that myself, as they are good beans, far too good for chucking purposes. Mind you, they do have a ring pull.. woolywords
  • Score: 10

12:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh well never mind poor foodbank users your not going to be getting as much now are you.
Well never mind I will make it a bit easier for you just listen to this. I am going to sainsbury I think I will start off with lobster tails with king prawn
Then I will have a sirloin steak medium rare, all finished off with a pavlova, washed down with a bottle of claret french 1992.
Oooh bliss I will enjoy.
Oh well never mind poor foodbank users your not going to be getting as much now are you. Well never mind I will make it a bit easier for you just listen to this. I am going to sainsbury I think I will start off with lobster tails with king prawn Then I will have a sirloin steak medium rare, all finished off with a pavlova, washed down with a bottle of claret french 1992. Oooh bliss I will enjoy. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 9

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