Generous business donates food tins to appeal

Rotary Club shoebox for Christmas appeal.'Ken Forsyth (right) president of the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, with Mark Rose from Ye Olde Oak, who is donating 2160 cans of beef bolognese to the appeal.
Rotary Club shoebox for Christmas appeal.'Ken Forsyth (right) president of the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, with Mark Rose from Ye Olde Oak, who is donating 2160 cans of beef bolognese to the appeal.

This year’s shoebox appeal has had a generous boost thanks to a Sowerby Bridge-based food company.

Ye Olde Oak Foods Ltd has donated 2,200 tins of beef bolognese to be added to shoeboxes in the Courier and Rotary Christmas Appeal 2012.

The company’s UK sales controller Mark Rose said: “We moved our head office from London up to Sowerby Bridge last year and wanted to help out in the area we are now operating.

“We thought we would donate a product that would form the basis of a meal for someone.”

The Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club donated 500 of the tins to homeless charity SmartMove.

Stuart Rumney, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We help our clients to get a home. We provide a guaranteed bond, a bed, a microwave and a hamper of food to get people started in their new home. These generously donated tins of beef bolognese will be very welcome and well received. We really do appreciate the fantastic donation. Thank you Rotary and Ye Olde Oak Foods Ltd.”

Olwen Edwards, of Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club, said the rest of the tins will got to Voluntary Action Calderdale for distrubution to local causes - including the food drop-in at the Ebenezer Centre.

To take part in the appeal, pick up - and drop off - the shoeboxes at one of the outlets. Donations welcome.

Three alternative fillings - children’s toys, toiletries and food.

Outlets are :

Halifax: The Courier, King Cross Street; Harveys Cook Shop, Tesco at King Cross, Sainsbury’s on Wade Street;

Brighouse: Tesco

Elland: Co-operative

Sowerby Bridge: Tesco

Hebden Bridge: Co-operative

Todmorden: Morrisons