Wythenshawe-based charity Age UK Manchester is calling for votes and support from the local community this week, having been shortlisted in a competition to receive a canteen kit out as part of the Holland’s Pies Hunger Busters campaign.
Following research revealing that only 38% of North West residents take a regular lunch break due to lack of time and facilities, Holland’s, launched the Hunger Busters competition offering worthy causes across the North West the opportunity to update their canteen and fill it with a stash of pies.
Age UK Manchester based at Crossacres Community Resource Centre, provides day care, home care, clubs and a Community Café. The charity was chosen by a panel of judges from entries from across the region and is joined on the shortlist by three other groups in a public vote which launched on February 9th.
Organisers say Age UK Manchester’s entry impressed the judges, with the panel citing that its great work to provide support for the elderly made it more than worthy of a place on the Hunger Busters shortlist.
Showcased on the Holland’s Facebook page, the shortlisted groups now have one week to gain as many votes as possible to bag the grand prize.
Kim Hyde, from Age UK Manchester, said: “Age UK delivers numerous well-attended and impactful services in the heart of Wythenshawe, Manchester. This prize would bring us both short term impact, by way of the provision of Micro 2 Go slices, and long-term benefits as the new white goods would be most welcome for use in our Community Café – helping us to provide low-cost, fresh lunchtime meals to older people and the wider community. Any votes and support the community can offer would be gratefully received!”
Leanne Holcroft, Brand Manager at Holland’s Pies, said: “We were blown away by the level of entries we received for our contest, there are certainly lots of deserving people out there working hard in our region. Age UK Manchester’s entry, in particular, really stood out due to all the amazing work the team does with the elderly in the local community.
“With its Community Café always in need of new equipment and fresh facilities, we know the Hunger Busters campaign prize would be going to a great home if Age UK Manchester was to win next week. I’m sure the community of Wythenshawe will join us in wishing the team the best of luck in the public vote.”
To see the full shortlist and vote for Age UK Manchester head to Agora Pulse app link. The final winner will then be announced on Thursday 16th February.