Local Minister reaches the peak of fundraising success for The BAY Foodbank

The BAY Foodbank has received donations totaling over £1800 after Jona Sewell, a local Minister from North Shields Methodist Church, started a fundraising campaign by completing the National 3 Peaks challenge. Jona tackled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, totalling almost 3500m, in just over 24 hours in order to raise the donations.

The donation will go towards food purchases and fuel for their delivery van which provides emergency food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families in the North Tyneside area. The BAY Foodbank is currently providing food for around 400 clients per month. Since its formation in February 2012, the charity has served food to more than 14,000 individuals, including over 4600 children and babies.

Jona said “It was fantastic to be able to do something like this in order to raise money for such a great cause. I was touched by the generosity of people from the community and also by those in the local churches for their £1000 contribution.”

Jona’s fundraising success also comes in the wake of Sainsbury’s (Whitley Bay) naming The BAY Foodbank as their ‘Local Charity of the Year’ after customers voted for them over the course of 3 weeks.

Rev. Alan Dickinson, Chairman at The BAY Foodbank, said “We’d like to express our thanks to Jona for his fantastic fundraising effort during what I can imagine was a very tough 24 hours! We’d also like to sincerely thank all those who donated to the cause – it’s going to be a great help.”

Photograph attached – (From left to right) Rev. Alan Dickinson (Chairman), Jona Sewell, Jackie Dickinson