Whitley Bay Town Cup awarded to The Bay Foodbank

The Bay Foodbank is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Whitley Bay Town Cup for our work with the needy and vulnerable in the local community. Rev. Alan Dickinson, the Chairman, was accompanied by the rest of the charity trustees, employees and a handful of volunteers to the North Tyneside Council Chambers on the Cobalt Business Park on Thursday 22nd January 2015 to participate in the opening of the council meeting.

The authority awards the cup to an organisation or individual of the town who has brought about an outstanding event in the last year, or has been of outstanding service to the community. Councillor Tommy Mulvenna, Chairman of Council, said:

“This cup is a fantastic way to show our appreciation and recognising the excellent work that these organisations do. The Bay Foodbank provides a very important service to the residents of not only Whitley Bay, but the whole of North Tyneside and they thoroughly deserve this honour.”

Delighted with the success of the award, Rev. Alan Dickinson had the following to say:

“The Bay Foodbank is honoured to receive the Whitley Bay Town Cup.We’d like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who devote their time, but also those who donate to us because without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do. “We’re currently supplying around 1,200 meals per week to those most at need in North Tyneside – resulting in a total of almost 12,000 people we have helped support since 2012. Last year was our busiest year yet and we can only hope that our fantastic supporters will stick with us for the coming year. We have a good working relationship with North Tyneside Council and look forward to continuing this in 2015.”

The Town Cup was first introduced in 1954 by the former Whitley Bay Council and was then subsequently donated to North Tyneside Council in 1974. There has large variety of winners in the years since, including; The Jam Jar Cinema, Angels of the North, North Sea volunteer Lifeguards, Royal British Legion, Whitley Bay Football Club and a whole host of other community driver groups and charities.

We’d like to thank all of our fantastic supporters and volunteers for their continued dedication to the charity as without their donations of both time and food we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do.