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Single mum of three started using the foodbank three months ago after a shock cancer diagnosis.  

A single mum of three started using the The Gownbank Hub foodbank three months ago after a shock cancer diagnosis. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances to her finances, she was left to choose between heating or eating. 

The mum, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “One day, it suddenly just boiled down to either having my gas and electricity meter topped up or feeding my kids.

“Someone I knew was volunteering here and he managed to help me out – I was nearly crying. They helped me with my gas and electricity and they gave me food, it meant I could feed my weans that night and keep them warm.

“I thought to myself often, how am I going to live? There has been a good few times where it has come down to either eating – and I have got three children – or heating.

“If it wasn’t for the hub being here I wouldn’t have known how to live.”

The 51-year-old says her struggles began when energy suppliers hiked their prices in October – the same time the £20 weekly uplift was cut from Universal Credit. 

“Inflation has gone up but wages and benefit money hasn’t gone up to help people stay on their feet”, she said. 

“If the hub wasn’t here, my weans wouldn’t have eaten, I wouldn’t have had them sit in the cold with no electricity. That’s the way the hub has helped me in the last few months.

If people can make donations, even if it is whatever that have spare in their cupboards, it could really help somebody who is in a position like me and struggling to get by day by day.”

Demand at the provision is so high that volunteers prepare food parcels in advance because of how quick they are “flying out the door”. 

Billy Coull, co-director, said: “I plea to the goodwill of the people across our great city. 

“If you are a millionaire, a business person or your average Joe, if you care, please donate what you can to enable us to offer vital help and support families in immediate crisis. 

“You have heard one story from one of our service users, imagine how many other stories there are out there.”

In August, we told how the provision was left with nothing but dried pasta, beans, rice and jars of sauce. In the last month alone, the support service – which also offers clothes and financial advice – has provided support to more than 1000 individuals across 327 families. 

Of this figure, 59 percent were children. 

Those who wish to make a food donation can do so by dropping off goods at the facility at 415A-415B Peat Road, G53 6SG.

Otherwise, cash donations can be made on an online fundraiser at Http://

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