A HOUSING developer in Penistone has been lending a helping hand to Barnsley Foodbank Partnership.

Six employees at Barratt and David Wilson Homes volunteered for the foodbank by encouraging shoppers at Tesco to donate essentials for those in need.

The supermarket in Penistone is located near the developer’s Penning Fold and Penning Ridge projects, which encouraged the employees to get out and show their support.

Georgina Arnold, communications officer at Barnsley Foodbank Partnership, said: “The Tesco collection has a huge impact on the level of donations we receive over the festive period.

“The demand for food parcels just continues to rise at this time of year, now more than ever individuals are struggling to afford the essentials, families are struggling to feed their children, and the cost-of-living crisis is only making bills rocket.

“Having the Barratt and David Wilson Homes team at the collection was amazing – local organisations supporting each other is magical, especially at Christmas time.”

Alongside the volunteering, the organisation donated £1,500 earlier in the year to support the charity.

Gary Chambers, managing director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Sheffield, added: “As a leading house builder we strive to support the communities in and around the areas in which we build, and were delighted to offer Barnsley Foodbank Partnership some extra pairs of hands to help boost its collections.

“We have witnessed how the foodbank, despite the effects of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, has continued to provide vital services which vulnerable members of the community rely on.”