A PADGATE pub has provided a foodbank with nearly £1,500 to support them in December following a successful fireworks display.

The Station Pub, based on Station Road, held a fireworks and Bonfire night earlier in November and raised £1,487.55

Fifty per cent of all ticket sales go to support the foodbank, set up by Poulton-with-Fearnhead Parish Council, over December.

The pub also decided to close its own kitchen and serve only takeaway burgers and hot dogs to enable 50 per cent of all food sales to be given to the foodbank.

Volunteers turned the foodbank cabin outside into a shop selling cans, sweets and LED lights for kids to buy as another way to raise money.

Manager of The Station House, Natalie Hughes said: “The bonfire and fireworks was a great night which brought the community together, the foodbank volunteers were great and really helped us with the night as they marshalled the exits and ran the shop from the foodbank cabin which was a great success.

Cllr Susan Emery, chair of Poulton with Fearnhead Parish Council, said: “I am humbled by the kindness and generosity of our local business community and, of course, our wider community.

“I am sure that people will agree that the need for foodbanks in our society is a disgrace, however, it is also heart-warming to witness how a community can come together and look after some of the most vulnerable in our society."

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Natalie added: “We decided to donate 50 per cent of all ticket sales and money from the cabin shop to the foodbank to help them in December as like most places the demand will increase as more people look for help.

“If anyone wants to donate to them it will be greatly appreciated.”

The food bank is at the pub every Wednesday and Friday 10am – 1pm in the pub car park.