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On the road with our Red Van

Our Red Van took to the road once again to offer support to those in need.

Laden with food supplies, all of which were generously donated by St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, our Red Van headed towards Stockton to visit the Word of Welcome drop in café.

On arrival, we got to work handing out food parcels to guests who have little or sometimes no income. Each parcel contained a variety of items including tinned meats and vegetables, pasta, rice, cereals, toiletries, tea bags and chocolate goodies. Over 40 food parcels were given away on the day with the remaining food replenishing Word of Welcome supplies.

One person who came to the Red Van, who wished to remain anonymous, said that “Unfortunately I’ve been unable to work due to health issues and I have had problems receiving my sickness payment. I have had no income for the last two weeks or so and I don’t have any food in the house. Word of Welcome Café ensured that I have had a hot meal today and thanks to the Red Van, I will have food for the next week; hopefully my payments will be back on track after that!”

If you would like to know how to support our Red Van or any of the PACE projects we support please contact Nicola Milne, Relationship Manager, directly on 0191 242 4809 or visit our website: