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Donisthorpe folk rally for the night of a thousand tins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

  • 03/04/14 Food collected by Donisthorpe Community Group - Church Street, Donisthorpe Donisthorpe Primary School Pupils who helped to collect the food-Holly Edwards,Grace Poynton,Alfie Statham,Zoe Kelly,Max Potter,Jack Lander,Tilly-Mae Borley,Elijah Tomlin

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A MASSIVE community effort has boosted the supplies for a Burton charity which helps people in need.

The people of Donisthorpe managed to collect more than 1,000 tins of food for the Salvation Army in Burton, and another food bank in Coalville, in a push to support those who are not able to afford food.

Residents of all walks of life got involved in the one-day drive, which also saw £210 collected for the purchase of even more food.

“It was a fantastic response,” said Peter Riley of the Donisthorpe Community Group, which coordinated the campaign.

A group of around 60 people formed a procession through the village to collect food door to door, and all of the residents who got involved gave generously.

Each bag was taken back to the Half Way House pub, in Church Street, where yet more volunteers were waiting to organise it all.

Youngsters from Scout and Guide groups in the village were involved in the procession, which was accompanied by a man on a trumpet, who announced that the collectors were on their way.

A lot of bags were also dropped off at the pub.

The idea came about after somebody in the community group read an article about the need for food banks.

“It said that the food banks really needed help at Christmas, but it got us thinking that they still need help after Christmas.

“We couldn’t do anything less than nothing, so thought we would try to do something.”

The donations were presented to the Salvation Army today. Food was also given to Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville.

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