Volunteers celebrate being honoured with a top rating

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CHARITY volunteers beat scores of other organisations to be highly commended at a national awards ceremony.

The Food and Support Drop-In, run from Ebenezer Church in Halifax, was nominated in the Inspiring Church category of the Inspire Magazine Awards.

They beat around 100 other nominations to be picked for the final three on the shortlist.

Jennie Phillips, from the charity, said: “To be in the final three out of 100 nominations nationwide is amazing and should definitely be considered a winner.

“The other nominations were amazing too and we were proud to be among such fantastic people who are out there working for God.”

She went on: “I know I speak on behalf of all at the Food and Support Drop-In that we are so grateful to Ebenezer for their contribution to the project.

“They have opened their doors to us and have let us use their wonderful building to help the people of Calderdale.”

MP for Halifax Linda Riordan was at the awards ceremony and congratulated all the volunteers.

The Food and Support Drop-In has handed out over 13,000 food parcels since it started in December 2008.

They help people by giving out food and toiletries as well as offering advice and information on a variety of subjects.

Some of the people they help are homeless, some are battling drug and alcohol addictions and all are suffering hardship.

Ebenezer Church is open to take donations every Wednesday between 7pm and 8am, Saturday 9.30am and 11.45am and Thursdays 11am until 2pm.