A FOODBANK which was set up by two Penistone residents in a bid to support struggling families is now looking at ways they can expand their services to continue helping locals.

Organisers of Penistone Food Buddies, Julie Rhodes and Mark Attard – who were influential in supporting Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion as part of the United for Ukraine appeal – helped about 40 families over the Christmas period.

Helping those who are struggling to make ends meet in the Penistone East and West wards, the pair are looking to start fundraising in Penistone Market when the weather gets warmer. Julie told the Chronicle: “Our kind volunteers have been amazing throughout, Mark and I literally can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done.

“It was the day before Christmas Eve when we were in church giving out food and our volunteers dropped off 30 hampers full of food goodies, essentials and Christmas gift sets. “We couldn’t believe how heavy they were.

“From food to children’s toys, to gift sets, there was something for everyone.

“There were definitely a lot of tears, from me especially, I was so emotional.”

The Spread Eagle pub, on the Market Street in Penistone, donated £375, which they went to collect that Friday morning, as well as a donation from the butchers.

“Bridge End fisheries donated hampers and Julie from there came to drop some bits off, which we thought was really kind and thoughtful.

“We’ve also had ongoing support from the Spar and Co-op, they’ve been brilliant and have helped us massively,” she added.