12:05 Friday 20 December 2013

Donation of food and thermals will help most vulnerable Charity boss is 'humbled'

Written byMARK MCKAY

VULNERABLE families and the homeless in Burton will benefit following a donation of much-needed food and thermal clothing.

Staff and customers at Barclays Bank, in High Street, donated about £150 worth of tinned food to the Burton YMCA to help ease the burden on needy families this Christmas.

The donation came at the same time Universal Textiles donated 300 thermal hats, tops and trousers to the charity’s Reconnect centre, in James Street.

These will now be given to the homeless to keep them warm against the elements.

Gillian Cox (left), the appeals co-ordinator for Burton YMCA, said enough food was donated to feed another 12 families.

She said: “It was very humbling to see people in Burton being so generous.

“It will make a massive difference to people who are on low incomes and are struggling at the end of the year.”

Lisa Gale, assistant manager for Barclays, said: “We understand that Christmas can be a hard time for families and so we wanted to be able to make a difference.”

Addie Kenogbon, of Universal Textiles, which donated the thermals, said “We’re so happy we could help in some way.

“The work the YMCA do nationwide is truly amazing.”

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