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Dumfries foodbank's urgent appeal for funds

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A foodbank in Dumfries could be forced to close its doors for good, if volunteers don't manage to raise £20,000.

The First Base Agency hands out around 5,000 food parcels every year.

But growing demand means the cost of running the service is increasing.

The foodbank's founder, Mark Frankland, says they have enough funds to keep going through a busy winter, but will need to close in 2017 if they can't raise the cash.

He's asking people to take on a challenge - to survive on a food parcel for half a week, and in doing so raise money for the foodbank.

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Watch: wheelie bin team hope efforts will go national

A Cumbrian group is hoping it's fundraising efforts will go national.

The West Cumbria Wheelie Bin Challenge involves local people, schools, charities and businesses getting together to push wheelie bins around the region.

It's to gather food for local foodbanks, like the North Lakes Foodbank.

The group's released this video on Youtube, to promote their efforts:

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The first wheelie bin challenge took place last year:

  • 211 people involved in planning and organising the event
  • Around 1.25 tonnes of food was collected
  • In total, the teams walked more than 2,000 miles on the day

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Foodbank needs £15,000 by January

Foodbank Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries foodbank says it needs to raise fifteen-thousand pounds by January to stay in operation.

According to the First Base Agency there has been a five-fold increase in the number of emergency food parcels it sends out which has caused "severe financial challenges."

£15,000
The amount of money needed by January

Watch: Cumbrian foodbank issues urgent appeal

A Cumbrian foodbank is making an urgent plea for almost £30,000.

The North Lakes foodbank, in Cockermouth, says it needs 17 tonnes of food to prevent 600 children going hungry this summer in the west of the county.

Katie Hunter has this report:

Find your nearest Trussell Trust foodbank in the Border region

Foodbanks in the Border region

The Trussell Trust are the major provider of foodbanks in our region. Their sites include:

North Lakes foodbank Lorton Street Methodist Church, Lorton Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RH 01900 823854

Windermere & District foodbank The Methodist Church Basement, Main Road, Windermere, LA23 1DY 01539 422569

Peeblesshire foodbank Suite 2, 2 Rowan Court, Cavalry Park, Peebles, EH45 9BU 07799 041723

Barrow foodbank Barrow foodbank Abbey Road Baptist Church Abbey Road (corner of park drive) Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5EY 01229 343436

The Dumfriesshire foodbank is currently under development. info@dumfriesshire.foodbank.org.uk

Foodbank: Demand is greater than supply

One of many food parcels for children who usually receive free school meals Credit: ITV News Border

The North Lakes foodbank in Cockermouth has issued a plea for donations. It says demand is greater than supply.

The charity is giving food parcels to children who would normally receive free school meals during term time.

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