Food crisis charity is getting a new look thanks to businesses

Canon Bob White with representatives of Portsmouth Churches Housing Association, Two Saints, Portsmouth Foyer and The Roberts Centre Picture: Vernon Nash

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BUSINESSES have stepped in to help give a make-over to the home of a charity that gives food to those in need

The Fareham Basics Bank provides food for people struggling to make ends meet.

(l-r) Torri Brandley, Rob Smith, Corinna Smith, Linda Langdon, and Brian Welch (volunteer at Aspect House). 'Aspect House in Westbury Road, Fareham, is getting a  makeover by staff from Sainsbury's and B&Q.  Aspect house is a centre which helps the homeless. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (132263-007)

(l-r) Torri Brandley, Rob Smith, Corinna Smith, Linda Langdon, and Brian Welch (volunteer at Aspect House). 'Aspect House in Westbury Road, Fareham, is getting a makeover by staff from Sainsbury's and B&Q. Aspect house is a centre which helps the homeless. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (132263-007)

But its centre, on Westbury Road, Fareham, has been in desperate need of redecorating and food donations for the thousands of people it supports each year.

Now, thanks to the generosity of Sainsbury’s and B&Q they have begun their make-over as well as been provided with materials, shelving and food donations.

Brian Welch, 73, from Fareham is a volunteer at the centre.

He said: ‘it’s all for people who have a crisis in the area, in a situation they can’t get out of.

‘It’s also for people who are homeless, it’s basically anybody who is in a problem with money and food.

‘This year we reckon the total amount of people we helped would be in excess of 3,500.’

Linda Langdon helped organise the support from Sainsbury’s and B&Q.

The Sainsbury’s PR Ambassador from Fareham said: ‘We were approached to put a trolley in the front of our store by someone from Basics Bank, which we did about 18 months ago.

‘We didn’t know how it was going to go so we trailed it for three months and I think since then there’s probably been about £15,000 worth of food donated into the trolley.’

B&Q staff were also on hand to provide materials and man-power for the revamp.

Corrina Smith, 53, from Titchfield, the B&Q peoples champion and service customer advisor said: ‘B&Q have donated all the paint and rollers and brushes and stuff like that and some man-power.

‘Sainsburys have also got man-power in and supplied other goods to help decorate this food bank.

‘We have a scheme called the waste donation scheme.

‘We try not to throw anything away, anything that we can donate instead of being thrown away.

‘Some of the paint is old stock, some of it is new.

‘It keeps it out of the bin and goes to a good cause.’

The Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank provides food and supplies for people in need up to four times a year.

Their services can be accessed through various places such as the Two Saints Direct Access Hostel, 101 Gosport Road, Fareham.