SHOPPERS are being asked to ‘drop a tin in’ into a donations bin to help support people in need as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The plea comes from The Welcome at Longridge and Hope Central, which have been working together throughout the pandemic to support local people and families.

They have helped more than 230 people, but are beginning to struggle for supplies of food, and are appealing to the public for food donations.

The Welcome manager Sarah Riley said: “We have provided food parcels and two-course hot lunches to people isolated in the community via our brilliant team of volunteer drivers.

“Recently we have taken over running the Knutsford 2 you subsidised box delivery scheme from We are Knutsford and launched a summer lunchbox scheme for families facing holiday hunger.

“We are thrilled that so far we have been able to support more than 230 people across Knutsford.

“None of this could have been achieved without the amazing support of local businesses, charities, supermarkets, and above all the generous and caring people of Knutsford and beyond.

“Thank you all for everything you have done and have given.”

Ian Robertson from Hope Central added: “The summer months are challenging for us, with children at home and the financial impact of Covid-19 biting harder, and we are beginning to struggle for food supplies.

“We are starting to run out of staple items such as cereal, tins of vegetables and tuna.

“We have been topping up supplies by buying the items we need using grant funding and cash donations, but these reserves are disappearing rapidly.

“As you shop please look out for our donation bins in all the Knutsford supermarkets, and if you can drop a tin in.

“Alternatively you can make a financial donation online via Virgin Money Giving; search for The Welcome or Hope Central.

“Covid-19 is likely to be with us for a while yet, and it is impacting more and more people every day. Please help us to help them.”