A woman from Harrogate has received overwhelming support for her work to help food banks and those in need across the area.

Kerri Tucker began by collecting and delivering food parcels, having read about the increased demand for food banks due to the pandemic.

And it was not long before Kerri received a large number of donations from across the area, leading her to start a fundraising page for the Trussell Trust – a charity who support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK.

Having only started her project last week, Kerri has already received hundreds of food donations to be distributed to those in need, and has raised more than £1,100.

Kerri Tucker

Kerri has been overwhelmed by donations of food and on her JustGiving page for the Trussell Trust.

Talking about her motivation behind the idea, Kerri said:

“Food banks recorded an 81% increase in demand for emergency food support compared with this time last year, so I wanted to do my bit in the local community.

“I understand people have busy lives so I wanted to create a central point for friends/family to bring donations.

“I sent out a few messages on Friday to friends and the response was overwhelming. It shows when we pull together amazing things can happen.”

After starting the initiative last week, Kerri was finding that her list of supporters was growing and people were donating money for her to buy much-needed food at the supermarkets.

Before long, volunteers were stepping forward to help Kerri buy the food, prompting her to start a JustGiving page for the Trussell Trust:

“I wanted to do something to help and thought people could donate, no matter how little or large.

“The Trussell Trust provides a vital service which is needed now more than ever”

Kerri has received donations from 40 supporters – but there’s always need for more support of this vital service in Harrogate and surrounding areas. If you’d like to help Kerri’s efforts, you can support the Trussell Trust via her JustGiving page here.

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