Influence Church in Richmond launches Reverse Advent Calendar

Influence Church in Richmond has launched a Reverse Advent Calendar scheme to boost donations to its foodbank this Christmas.

The church’s StoreHouse scheme provides emergency supplies to those in need in Richmondshire.

The scheme has been running for five years and the public is always very supportive, the church says.

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However, it is hoped the Reverse Advent Calendar will boost stocks for after the Christmas period.

People taking part in the scheme are asked to put aside an item for the foodbank in a box every day in the 25 days before Christmas.

The box is then handed to the StoreHouse for distribution.

Suz Gregor, from Influence Church, said: “We give food to people who are in need and for whatever reason can not afford to feed themselves.

“We recognise that this is not only people who are on benefits it could be someone facing any number of financial crises.”

She added: “We are launching the idea of the reverse advent calendar to get people excited about Christmas, but also help give to those who need it.

“People can do the reverse advent calendar and donate this after Christmas when our stocks might be low due to people using money heating their homes.”

Volunteers from StoreHouse were at the Co-op in Catterick Village today to talk to people about the food bank.

Suz Gregory at the Co-op in Catterick Village.

Donations can be left at Influence Church in Victoria Road, Richmond, between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

They can also be left at the Co-op in Catterick Village.

The scheme is being supported by Alyson Down, community safety officer with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and items can also be left at Richmond Fire Station.

To find out more about donating, including what items are needed, or if you want to find out how to use the foodbank, click here.