Flambards secured almost a ton of food donations and raised £1000 for its local foodbank in an effort to tackle food poverty this October.

With the prospect of a long winter ahead for many people, Helston attraction Flambards offered a half price adult ticket in exchange for a £3 donation on the weekend of October 7/8.

Flambards general manager Richard Welby said: “We are delighted that for the second year running so many visitors showed their desire to help others in the local community, it means we are able to assist in providing some much-needed support to the Helston and The Lizard Foodbank.

“The fundraising efforts for the foodbank will make a significant impact and are greatly appreciated, we are hugely grateful and incredibly humbled by all the generous support shown over the weekend by our incredible guests.”

To secure this ticket, all visitors needed to bring along was a food donation from a suggested list, which resulted in the attraction collecting 950kg in groceries.

Helston and The Lizard Foodbank, which began in 2012, provided 1,845 three-day emergency food supplies last year in 2022, an increase of almost 700 on the previous year.

It is part of a nationwide network of food banks supported by The Trussell Trust. Besides providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, the trust campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

It is based at Mustard Seed Café in Wendron Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (10am-2pm) and there is also an outlet at Mullion Church on Fridays (10am-2pm).

Donations can be made at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Spar in Helston and at the Co-op in Mullion. Call the food bank on 01326 564194 for more information or email [email protected]

Voucher referrals for those needing to use the food bank can be issued by the local GPs, the Job Centre, social workers, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Christians Against Poverty, Church Ministers, Family Hubs, health visitors and schools.