Freemasons to provide a pop up food bank in Urmston

Donators Zola Martini, Stephen Groves and Paul Danks join the Urmston Freemasons in providing the Urmston food bank service.

Having had two national lockdowns and local restrictions across the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are now, more than ever, countless families in desperate need of support as they struggle to make ends meet during these difficult times.

Add to this the fact that the Christmas period is quickly approaching, leaving those that are already in dire need of assistance now left feeling even more scared, helpless and vulnerable than ever before.

There has never been more need for food banks than there is right now, with this in mind, Freemasons from the South Eastern Group of the West Lancashire Province have joined together to provide a much needed and essential pop up food bank.

The food bank will be held twice weekly throughout December and January, at the 1881 building (Urmston Masonic Hall) behind The Venue on Westbourne Road in Urmston.

It is hoped that this assistance by local Freemasons will help alleviate the pressure for families and those individuals who may be struggling to cope over the Christmas and New Year period.

Donations are now flooding in from members as they stockpile non perishable goods ready to be handed out to those eligible to receive them.

The group has reached out to local councillors, social workers, doctors and local charities to ask for referrals of those families and individuals who they feel are suitable candidates to receive donations from the food bank.

Urmston business owners Stephen Groves from Home Estate Agents and Zola Martini from Mulino Restaurant along with Paul Danks from The McGoff Group are supporting this initiative by each making a substantial donation to the food bank.

Urmston resident and Director at the McGoff Group, Paul Danks, said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for many people, with the effects of the pandemic resulting in an increased need for the vital community service provided by the food bank and its voluntary team. We are delighted to make this donation and hope it goes some way to supporting those Urmston residents who have been adversely affected in these challenging and uncertain times”.

Community champion Wayne Devlin, also from Urmston, is also donating profits from his latest compilation album ‘Looking Back’ to the Urmston Food Bank. You can download the album here:

Chairman of the South Eastern Group of Lodges and Chapters in the Privince of West Lancashire Freemasons, Gareth Jones said: “I am delighted that so many local businesses have joined Urmston Freemasons in providing much needed essentials to disadvantaged families in the area, particularly at this time of crisis”.

The food bank will work on a referral basis through the local council and community sources. Further information is available by emailing the food bank administrator Shaun Brookhouse on