Gulliver’s event boosts food banks

Gulliver’s theme parks is to host its annual food bank weekend to raise stocks for worthy causes around the country.

The event, which will be held over the weekend of 6th-7th May will be another chance to get a discounted entry to Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath, by simply bringing along a food donation – with tickets priced at only £11 per person.

The annual event has enjoyed increasing success since its inception in 2013, with many hundreds of families turning out to support their local community by donating vast amounts of food aid each year.

UK foodbank use continues to rise as and the charity’s new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks. In the last eight years the number of three-day emergency food supplies given by the Trussell Trust has gone up from 25,899 in 2008-2009 to 1,182,954 in 2016-2o17.

Last year’s event generated massive public support, with almost 10 tonnes of produce accumulated for distribution around the country.

Dean Kimberley, Gulliver’s director of guest services, said: “We are really excited about this year’s food bank weekend. Last year exceeded all expectations, not only with the amount of people coming through the gates but the sheer amount of food we collected, it really was a testament to people’s generosity. With that in mind, we look forward to doing it all over again and would love to see you at Gulliver’s Kingdom over the weekend.”

Donations collected at Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath, will be taken to the Trussell Trust who develop, run, and enable community projects that combat poverty and exclusion.

Anne Danks, operations manager, England, at the Trussell Trust; said: “This is wonderful opportunity for people to come and support their local food bank. Last year’s event at Gulliver’s was a great success and The Trussell Trust is proud to be partnering with them on this. I would encourage people to get down to Gulliver’s Kingdom and show their support.”

Guests who choose to bring along food items to receive their discounted admission are encouraged to bring only non-perishable produce. Examples of suggested food donations can be found at www.trusselltrust.og/get-help/emergency-food/food-parcel.

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