Prince’s Trust team support Food Bank

Newcastle West End Food Bank has been supported by Gosforth’s latest Prince’s Trust course team as part of their community project and final team challenge.

Team 25 based at Gosforth Community Fire Station have worked hard to provide much-needed donations for the food bank.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personal development course for people aged 16-25 who are looking for employment. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service run the programme at Marley Park, Gosforth and Farringdon fire stations.

Team 25 contacted local businesses to collect donations and support.

The Co-Op in Gosforth generously gave the team £20 to spend in store on food. Gosforth Library and Swimming pool took in a donation box, as well as Pound Stretcher and Poundland stores in Kingston Park.

The team also visited Gosforth, Elswick, West Denton and Byker Fire Stations to leave donation boxes.

Greggs kindly donated three boxes of food which the team sold to the watches at Gosforth and used the money to buy food for the boxes.

The donation boxes were in place for three weeks.

In Week 10 of the course the team did a charity walk from North Shields Fish Quay to Spanish City in Whitley Bay and back clocking up 8 miles and collecting donations along the way.

On Tuesday 26 March the team visited the foodbank and handed over all donations which were greatly appreciated.

Philippa Whitworth Prince’s Trust Assistant Team Leader at Gosforth Community Fire Station said: “Throughout this challenge and project it gave the team a real sense of being within the community whilst challenging their communication, team work and problem solving skills.

“The team were really proud of each other and their achievements in this work for the community. I’m really impressed with their maturity and commitment to do something good for the community.”

The next 12 week course for people aged 16-25 starts on Tuesday May 7. For more information please visit: