Man reveals why he relies on foodbanks as numbers reach record level

10,628 three day packs of food have been handed out in Bristol Credit: ITV News

A Bristol man who has worked for 30 years, paid his way through life, paid his debts and his mortgage, has told us how he had no other option than to turn to a foodbank.

He's spoken to us as it emerged that the numbers of people using foodbanks are at record levels across the West, and rising in one part of Bristol.

50 year old Wayne Charlton has worked for more than 30 years, 19 of them with BT. But he and his wife are now redundant and looking for jobs. Despite the embarrassment he's made a brave decision to admit they need help from the foodbank. He used to wonder how people came to need them, he's not wondering now.

At the North Bristol Trussel Trust foodbank 45 tons of food has been donated over the past year. It's all vitally needed as here demand is increasing.

10,628 three day packs of food have been handed out in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Across the whole of Bristol more than 10,628 three day packs of food have been handed out to around 5000 separate people but those figures don't include other independent foodbanks.

Wayne and his wife have had just £80 in benefits in eight weeks because of delays after they missed an interview when she had to go to hospital for a week with a blood disorder. They've had to borrow money from both their mother's pensions to survive.

He is looking for work, he had a job interview this morning. When he gets a job one of the first things he'll do is make a donation to the foodbank.