Castleford Tigers say ‘scrum on down’ to food bank

For the second year running Castleford Tigers will be supporting the Smawthorne Community Church Food Bank this Christmas.
For the second year running Castleford Tigers will be supporting the Smawthorne Community Church Food Bank this Christmas.

Castleford Tigers are packing down again with Smawthorne Community Church Food Bank this Christmas.

The Tigers are supporting the scheme for the second year running and are asking for donations of non perishable food and toiletries at The Mend-a-Hose Jungle. The Smawthorne food bank is a straight forward system of collection, sorting and distribution of basic items to support people at times of crisis.

It has helped many people in Castleford and the surrounding area since opening in June 2013. It is based at the Smawthorne Community Church on Beancroft Road and is run by volunteers from the church, with support from the churches of Castleford.

The Tigers are making a simple request this Christmas: if you are calling in to the ground over the next few days to collect your 2016 season ticket, can you spare any non perishable items for the Tigers food bank appeal?

Tigers’ chief executive Steve Gill said: “Last year our fans made a real difference to local people in our area who aren’t so fortunate. It’s hard to imagine that some families in our community go without a hot meal or presents for their children at Christmas. It would be amazing to do it all again.”

You can drop off your food bank donations at Wheldon Road during the following times. Friday, December 11 from 10am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Mr Gill said: “Not only are we collecting donations of non perishable food, we’re also looking for donations of toiletries and gifts. Anything you can spare that could help make someone’s Christmas special would be greatly appreciated.”

See www.smawthornecommunitychurch.org.uk/foodbank.html for more information about the scheme and on how to volunteer.