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Great-grandparents save hundreds from hunger in Sunderland

Volunteers from The Tansey centre in South Hylton are collecting food to give to people who need it.

Volunteers from The Tansey centre in South Hylton are collecting food to give to people who need it.

GREAT-grandparents are leading the way in feeding the hungry.

Edna, 78, and Colin Rochester, 79, are helping deliver donations of bread and fresh produce to as many as 200 people a week.

The couple, of South Hylton, volunteer at the Tansy Centre alongside a team of 10 who give out food in the area.

Mum-of-two, grandmother-of-five and great-grandmother-of-one, Edna, began delivering the food donations, given by Sainsbury’s in Silksworth, just over four months ago.

She and Colin deliver food to the Pallion Action Group, Pennywell Community Centre, people who live on their own and the disabled, and others who are in desperate need of food, as well as the Tansy Centre.

“We have had a fantastic reception from people,” said Edna, who is Tansy Centre secretary.

“People offer to pay for it, but we always say no as it is free.”

Edna and Colin deliver about 100 bags of bread and fresh produce each week, and have roped their family into helping.

“It’s a team effort,” said Edna, who was a member of the committee which raised £700,000 to build the Tansy Centre.

“We all work together – we couldn’t do it if we didn’t”

The volunteers also run a luncheon club on Wednesdays.Edna added: “When the winter comes we make soup for people and deliver it, so the food donations will also be brilliant for that.”

People are so grateful for it.”

 

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