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Shop Owner Donates Meals To Those In Need

Friday December 6 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A SHOP owner will be donating meals to those in need this Christmas and is encouraging others to do the same.

Sara Headley, of Sara's Flowers and Teas, on Pitt Street, will be operating a suspended meals scheme at her Barnsley and Stocksbridge shops, where customers can buy a meal for themselves and pay for another to donate to someone in need.

Every donation made by a customer will be matched by Ms Headley.

"We're not doing it for publicity, it's to give something back to those who need it in the community," she said.

"We have a lot of customers who are on their own and are lonely. It's really surprising how many people are on their own, or have just lost their job or are struggling to pay bills and need that bit of kindness.

"People can give someone a token or nominate someone who they think needs it. They hand the token over and that removes the stigma of them having to ask us for a free meal."

The shop will also be running a similar scheme involving cups of coffee and has already had several businesses offer to donate warm drinks as part of this.

She added: "It's all going to be run in good faith. We can't look at someone and decide whether or not they're down on their luck because you don't know.

"If someone wants to abuse that then they're taking help away from someone who really needs it.

"I want other coffee shops to get in touch with me and I can show them how to get involved and how they can register to be part of it."

Very few businesses in Yorkshire are involved in the suspended coffee and meals schemes, an idea that was first piloted in Italy.

For information or to donate, call 01226 283886.

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Reply Posted by Mrs A on Friday December 6 2013 at 15:35
good on you!

Reply Posted by Mrs G on Friday December 6 2013 at 15:37
What a lovely idea.. I hope it catches on

Reply Posted by mandy on Friday December 6 2013 at 16:06
You are truly an amazing person for thinking of others at this time of year =)

Reply Posted by Mrs Crank on Friday December 6 2013 at 17:40
What a lovely thing to do I hope others do the same as well.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Friday December 6 2013 at 17:42
Excellent. Well done!

Reply Posted by angie on Friday December 6 2013 at 17:52
wombwell spiritual church on kelvin grove are collecting shoe boxes with either non perishable food or toiletteries we will be collecting for the local food bank the chronicale will be there to take pics. we will be collecting til the end of next week if anyone can donate we would be very grateful thank you

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Friday December 6 2013 at 18:27
These people who claim they cant feed there kids do they get child benefit ? if so use it to feed your kids

Reply Posted by Lyn on Friday December 6 2013 at 18:41
Ackerman@ I can understand were you are coming from.But have a thought about the money,pays for clothes,footwear,plus lots more!

Reply Posted by Ed Radley on Thursday December 12 2013 at 20:20
Well said

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Saturday December 7 2013 at 00:37
Good on you girl. Go Girl!

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Sunday December 8 2013 at 09:13
I'm glad suspended coffees are reaching more people! Good luck with this :)

Reply Posted by M on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 16:56
I think it is a great idea. There are people who genuinely go without not just at Christmas but all year. Have donated toys to hallam fms cash for kids. To ensure that children get a gift to unwrap on Christmas Day. Do this in memory of our little man who resides in heaven. This year have also donated to a local food bank. Well Sara you are a truly wonderful lady.

Reply Posted by tracy on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 19:50
Shame more people arnt like this, the world would be a much nicer place, good for you x

Reply Posted by Edward Radley on Thursday December 12 2013 at 20:19
So, I buy two meals for £12 and then you will donate one meal to someone who needs it. Nice idea but you will still be making out of it bearing in mind I get three meals for a Tenner at my Chinese takeaway??

Reply Posted by good snap on Thursday December 12 2013 at 20:25
Who wants a Chinese takeaway tho? Brrrrr! Horrid! Plus 10 minutes later you're hungry again. Have you seen the "so called meat" in those things???? Its never been near a bone!

Reply Posted by no on Thursday December 12 2013 at 20:43
Any food is better then no food right? The saying "beggers can't be choosers" comes to mind, I do think this is an excellent idea though.

Reply Posted by john squires on Thursday December 12 2013 at 21:01
Edward, your such a prick! Nobody could do anything without you pulling them down....shame you wernt full of that many good ideas when your sarni shop went tits up mate!

Reply Posted by Thornhill house on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 18:34
Residents at Thornhill house are collecting items for This sceme and any food can be dropped at the home also selling raffle tickets with 19 prizes at the home £1 strip as they are also collecting elderly who are in their own at Christmas and taking for a meal. We have collected 6 boxes so far . The residents chose this to help less needy people