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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), supported Billingham Foodbank last month (October) by donating food and IT equipment.

NGN has been carrying out essential gas mains replacement work on Durham Lane to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The works were registered as a Considerate Constructors Scheme site, and as part of the scheme’s pledges, NGN’s Customer Care Team organised a foodbank collection in a bid to make a small difference to the lives of people living in the area.

Foodbank donation drop-off points were set up at NGN’s offices in Cannon Park in Middlesbrough, Temple Point in Leeds and onsite at Durham Lane. Staff from NGN and Stanningley Engineering Ltd, the gas distributor’s contractor for the Durham Lane project, collectively made a small donation to try and ease some of the hardships encountered by the people that rely on Billingham Foodbank.

NGN also donated a number of mobile phones and a number of desktop computers which will be used to facilitate the foodbank’s administration and communication processes.

Jackie Gibson, Customer Care Officer at Northern Gas Networks, said: “It’s great to be able to support Billingham Foodbank and make a difference for local people. The foodbank does more than just donate food; they support local people whatever their need and we were honoured to be able to support them with our donation.”

Alan Hopton from Stanningley Engineering and Customer Care Officer Jackie Gibson and Document Controller Stella Matthews from Northern Gas Networks

Billingham Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities across the UK. Billingham Foodbank provided food to almost 6,000 people in crisis last year in the Billingham and Stockton-On-Tees areas.

Alan Coyle, from Billingham Foodbank, said: ‘’We would like to say a big thank you to Northern Gas Networks for their donation. This donation enables us to continue to be able to provide support to the people who need it the most.”

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