“When the members of the Trust Board were asked which local charity could benefit from proceeds from this year’s Jack Barrett Sponsored Walk, I didn’t hesitate in nominating Hyndburn Food Pantry,” says Debra Phillips, Trust Board member and Supporters’ Chaplain.
“The work they do from their shop situated on Broadway in Accrington Town Centre is amazing and not only gives out food for a small charge but also gives a place for people to talk to one another and form friendships over a brew.
“Stacy, who is one of the founders, identified that there is a small gap where people can choose affordable food at a low price without the stigma of using a foodbank. I’m sure that the £750 donation will go such a long way and make a difference for so many people across Hyndburn.
“My own personal thanks to all those walkers and runners who gave their time and energy in completing the journey from Gigg Lane, Bury all the way back to the Wham Stadium – you are all stars!”
Stacy Walsh, of the Food Pantry, said, “All of us at the Hyndburn Food Pantry would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Accrington Stanley Supporters’ Trust for their kind donation of £750.
“This is a fantastic amount of money for us to help people in our community. Thanks to all who walked in the Jack Barrett Sponsored Walk.
“This money will help families in Hyndburn over the coming months; we are always there for anyone who needs a little help.”
Gary Jones-Boast, Trust Board member, and the organiser of this year’s walk said, “The Jack Barrett walk is a continued important annual event in which we thrive, and hope to continue to do for many years to come. The duration and distance of the walk are changed every year and we will soon be looking at options for next year.
“Thinking about the charity we donated to this year – the Food Pantry – drove us every step of the 14 miles we completed; and the support they give to the Accrington people certainly helped us succeed in what we set out to achieve on the day.
“Meeting them to make the donation gave me a special sense of achievement and yet again reminded me why I’m proud to be part of OASST.
“Thanks to all those who walked or ran on the day and to everyone’s efforts to make it a success.”