Brian helps Foodbank hit jackpot
9:03am Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
THE family of a £25 million lottery winner have donated hundreds of pounds worth of food to families struggling in Bolton.
Brian Caswell and his two daughters surprised volunteers at the Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank with a car full of supplies.
The trio dropped off the £500 food haul on behalf the Caswell Charitable Trust, which the family set up in 2009 after his Euromillions win.
The donation idea came from Mr Caswell’s two daughters, Helen Allenson and Angela Wilson. Ms Allenson said: “We heard the foodbank was appealing for donations in December. We made our donation in the New Year because we thought there might be a drop in supplies after Christmas.
“We try to support local charities who perhaps don’t get regular funding from other sources.
“You can see here that the donation will go directly to local people.”
In the past, the family have been keen to help local charities supporting children, Alzheimer’s sufferers, the blind and animal welfare centres.
Ms Wilson said: “We have regular meetings about what we are going to do and which charities we would like to support. We try to narrow it down by choosing certain local charities but even then it can be difficult to decide because there’s still such a huge range of worthy causes.”
Mr Caswell, aged 77, helped volunteers re-stock the warehouse at the Farnworth Baptist Church with his two daughters.
He said: “I’m very proud of them both and they’ve done a great job.”
The Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank, the first in Bolton, opened its doors to people struggling to feed their families in December and relies solely on donations.
Karen Nicholson, cafe supervisor at the Well Cafe at the church, said: “We were overwhelmed by people’s generosity in the run up to Christmas and this donation today is amazing.”
“People have been so generous.”
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