BROWNIES spent £125 buying hundreds of items for a food bank at The Welcome Centre at Longridge.

The girls, who are members of 6th Knutsford Brownies, bought 340 items at Aldi in Knutsford for the food bank, which is run by the Hope Central charity.

Twenty-four girls, a Young Leader and parent helpers spent £125 of subs money and donations at the store, enabling them to collect three and a half full-size trolleys of items needed by the charity.

Caroline Wood from 6th Knutsford Brownies said: “The Brownies were keen to share their charity work, stopping shoppers to tell them what they were doing and why.

“I was so I impressed with their desire to help members of our community as Christmas approaches.

“They understand that by making an effort with the food collection it will have a huge impact on local families.”

The Brownies were accompanied on their shopping visit to Aldi by Ian Robertson from Hope Central, who spoke to the girls about the charity’s work and suggested items for the collection.

“The Brownies were very generous, and it was lovely to see young people supporting a local charity,” he said.

Items bought by the Brownies included long life milk, tinned meat and fish, personal hygiene items and Christmas sweets.

Hope Central is a Christian charity which runs a food bank based at The Welcome, with a support group there every Thursday lunchtime.

Thanks to donations of non-perishable foods from local churches, schools, businesses and individuals it provides three to five-day emergency food hampers to people in crisis referred to the charity by health and social care professionals, churches and other agencies.