Help to feed the rising number of homeless people

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The Ridings Shopping Centre has launched an appeal for donations of food to help the city’s homeless.

People are invited to help fill a shopping trolley with food when the Ridings hosts a craft market and food fair on Sunday, May 4.

Donations of pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, vegetables or tuna will go to the Community Awareness Programme (CAP), which provides food, clothing and housing advice for homeless people.

Victoria Clapham, marketing manager at the Ridings, said: “CAP is a fantastic cause providing much needed support to people who have fallen on hard times, so we are very proud to be able to support them.

“We’d love it if local people would come and enjoy the fair and in the process top up our trolley with a tin or pop in a packet of pasta.

“We’ve started the appeal with a bag full of food and we hope our shoppers will help too.”

Kevin Dobson, project manager at CAP, said rising numbers of people were struggling to make ends meet.

He said: “CAP is extremely grateful to the Ridings Shopping Centre and its shoppers.

“Demand for our services has more than doubled in the past 12 months and we are now seeing up to 85 people a day using our services with numbers continuing to rise.

“Without the backing from places such as The Ridings, our mission to relieve the suffering caused by poverty in the Wakefield district would be impossible.”

There will be themed stalls and cookery demonstrations at the food fair, which will be held from 10.30am-4.30pm.

For more information about events at the Ridings Shopping Centre, log on to www.ridingscentre.com