Leo’s fundraising brings fresh produce to foodbank

13th December 2020

Last month we brought you the story of Leo Kelly – the five year old who cycled 21.5 miles to raise money for us and help people in his community. Well, we have an update for you. Leo’s final total was £1,890.

The youngster had only cycled up to eight miles before, so cycling from Lymm to Astley, via his beloved Old Trafford, was a massive achievement.

Leo and his mum initially dropped boxes of food with us which they bought using his funds, then recently they met us in Asda in Leigh and shopped for long-life food, toiletries and some fresh bread, fruit and vegetables. Plus, we still have lots of his money left to help us over the coming weeks.

Asda in Leigh are big supporters of the foodbank and community champion Gwen Appleton was on hand to let Leo scan some of the shopping through himself. The store also sent him to school with a tin of chocolates to say thank you.

Atherton Leigh Foodbank fundraiser Leo Kelly and mum in supermarket
Leo and proud mum Emma
Small boy scanning supermarket shopping
Leo scanning his shopping before handing to the foodbank team

The reminder of Leo’s fund will be used to buy fresh fruit and vegetables every few days, something which is usually hard to offer in a foodbank.

Warren Done, Project Manager at Atherton & Leigh Foodbank is thrilled about Leo’s activity: “Leo is only five, yet he is so kind that he wanted to do something to help his community. Today he and his mum have bought us lots of shelf stable foods and toiletries as well as some fresh food. Bread and fresh fruit and vegetables can be difficult for foodbanks to supply, but Leo’s fund will ensure we can top up on fresh produce for some time. His hard work will mean that lots of local families will have food on their tables and we really can not thank him enough.”

Warren with just some of the produce Leo bought for us

Thank you so much Leo, your hard work means so much to us all here.

If you or somebody you know needs support with food, please visit our ‘get help’ page for more details on how we can support you.



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