The Eastbourne Foodbank has been given a cash boost for £345 after a charity quiz night organised by the local branch of the UK Independence Party.
The quiz is held monthly at the Fisherman’s Club with a different charity chosen by the political party each year.
The cheque was presented to Eastbourne Foodbank organiser Howard Wardle by Nigel Jones, UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne.
Afterwards Howard showed Nigel around the Foodbank depot where volunteers were preparing their weekly deliveries of basic foods such as soups tinned tomatoes and pasta, donated by shoppers at Eastbourne’s major supermarkets.
Foodbank supports 650 people every month, acting on the recommendation of agencies such as Age Concern, Citizens Advice and children’s social services.
Nigel said, “Eastbourne’s façade of prosperity masks large pockets of poverty and deprivation where people are actually going hungry, often through no fault of their own.
“Eastbourne UKIP is only too happy to help the Foodbank in their vital work.
“We are now looking for this year’s local charity and would like ask local people to nominate similar deserving charities or causes to which UKIP Eastbourne can help make a difference.”
All suggested charity nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org