Needy people in the Grantham area will be able to keep warm this winter after 300 hot water bottles were donated to the town’s Foodbank project.
Volunteers at the St Catherine’s Road centre will distribute the bottles, along with food packs and blankets to elderly people, the homeless and people from deprived backgrounds in the run-up to Christmas.
The hot water bottles came about through the work of Grantham couple Gareth Bowles and Kim Ridgeway, who obtained them from a company in Melton Mowbray.
Mr Bowles, who works for the Tenant Shop in Grantham, said: “A firm in Melton were throwing them out. They used to put them in Teddy bears to sell but had run out of bears and didn’t need them.
“I know there are plenty of people who are cold over winter so I thought they might be very useful to the Foodbank and the people they help.”
Brian Hanbury, project co-ordinator at Grantham Foodbank, said: “It was a lovely telephone call I took from Gareth. These hot water bottles will be a great addition to what we do because there is a lot of loneliness and hardship in Grantham. People are having to make a choice of eating or heating. Food brings some warmth but hot water bottles are something to cuddle.”
Foodbank, which relies on the help of 135 volunteers, has helped 3,600 people and delivered 40 tonnes of food in the two years it has been running in the town.
The charity, which works in partnership with 65 agencies in Grantham, is preparing to launch a new initiative called ‘Restore’, which will involve giving out donated quality second-hand clothing.
Mr Hanbury added: “We will be talking to our clients to assess their situation before distributing the hot water bottles. We are already giving out blankets with the weather now starting to turn very cold.”
Anyone interested in helping at the Foodbank, no matter how much time they can spare, should contact Mr Hanbury by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile phone on 07816 872561. A volunteer application form can be downloaded from the organisations’s website at http://www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk/docs/VolunteerApplication.pdf