Charlotte Crosby donates bags of shopping to Sunderland foodbank

Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has been spotted dropping off bags of shopping at a local food bank in her hometown of Sunderland.

The popular reality TV star delivered several bags of food to the Sandhill Community Group at the Thorney Close Education Centre to in Sunderland earlier today, (October 23).

Michael Pattison, 33, who runs the foodbank with Councillor Debra Waller, said Charlotte’s donations were a “blessing” and said she asked lots of questions about their operation.

He said: “I only started this two weeks ago and to have Charlotte turn up with a boot full of food was just amazing.

“It’s a blessing, we really want to try to get the word out there.

“There’s a lot of little things that Charlotte does that people don’t know about. She could be doing anything with her Friday but she’s donating food at the local food bank.

“She was really interested in what we were doing here. She asked how much this was helping people, was it being used as much as we thought so she was asking a lot of questions.

“She seemed genuinely interested and curious about what we were doing and she said she’d be back in the future with more donations.

“We rely on donations from the public so anything helps.”

And since starting the food bank more than two weeks ago Michael said he’s already helped lots of struggling families and said the experience has been “eye-opening”.

Charlotte Crosby was spotted dropping off food earlier today
Charlotte Crosby was spotted dropping off food earlier today

He said: “When we started, I thought we would help two or three people a week but it’s getting to the point where we’re helping 15 people a week so it’s been really eye-opening.

“Seeing how some people have to live, I didn’t even realise that it was such a big issue in this area until I started doing the foodbank.

“Just today I’ve helped a single mum of three, a family of four and a family of five.

“Times are hard for some people so if I can help people that are in need around the Sunderland area then that’s great.”

Charlotte, 30, posted about the foodbank to her seven-million followers on Instagram and almost three-million followers on Twitter calling the food bank “amazing”.

She said: “I’m so incredibly proud of the guys down at Thorney Close Enterprise Centre for setting up a local food bank.

“There is so much stuff here I’ve just come and dropped loads of stuff off. This one is open from 1pm to 3pm so if you are in need of absolutely anything there’s even dog food here get yourselves down.

“The best thing is this foodbank is community-ran all so of the donations come from local businesses and local people.

“They’ve only been going for two weeks and so far they’ve helped so many families and people, it’s just been really amazing.”

Charlotte Crosby with Michael Pattison at the food bank
Charlotte Crosby with Michael Pattison at the food bank

The food bank is also teaming up with local restaurant Healthy THAIM to provide children with meals over the school holidays.

It comes after a bid to extend free school meals for children over the holidays was dealt a blow after MPs voted against the measure.

The food bank is open Wednesdays 10am-12pm and Fridays 1pm-3pm but if you can’t make it into the centre you can call them on 01915614127 to arrange delivery.

If you would like to help, please donate non-perishable items to the centre.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland