OSWALDTWISTLE’S first foodbank will remain open following a busy trial period.

The foodbank opened 20 weeks ago, and the decision to stay open was made because there was such a high demand for help in the town.

One of the founders, Eve Gattei, said: “All 11 churches in the community are involved and when we met we decided to keep it going for another 12 months.

“There are such a lot of food banks now and it’s not right. It’s not a good situation but people are very helpful with their donations.

“It’s amazing what comes forward, it’s just a shame we have to do it.”

The foodbank currently operates from Harvey Street Community Centre every Monday, from 1pm to 5pm.

From Monday, April 7, it will move to Rhyddings Methodist Church.

Eve said: “It’s not far from where we are now. The community centre would be best because it’s in the centre of the community, but we don’t have the storage facilities there.”

Fifteen bins were distributed in primary schools, supermarkets, businesses and even GP surgeries to collect non-perishable foods which are then distributed to families and individuals by a large team of volunteers.

Residents are able to pick up food parcels with vouchers handed out by social services and support agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau.

Eve added: “The response from people donating has been amazing. All the churches donate and other people in the community, from the doctors and the schools, wanted to help out.”

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe said: “I’m delighted the foodbank is going to continue as I have been a keen supporter of it, and it’s good in hard times to be able to help those who need it.

“Let’s hope by this time next year — if the economy continues to thrive — that everybody will be in a better position.”

If interested in making a donation call 01254 237855.