Council bids to break hamper record

Julie Smith of the Storehouse Project, which helps local people who struggle for money, has a number of Christmas hampers ready for delivery

Julie Smith of the Storehouse Project, which helps local people who struggle for money, has a number of Christmas hampers ready for delivery

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WIGAN Council is hoping to set a new world record with this stash of food.

And this is only a tiny selection of it, as more than 50 crates, which are 2ft square, have been collected as part of the big Christmas Hamper Challenge, organised by the council and Wigan GMB union.

All donations, which were collected across the borough during the first 12 days of December, will be split between The Brick, in Arcade Street, Wigan, and Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.

As there is not target set by the Guinness World Records, the council have now set the goal to beat next year,

David Hope, Wigan GMB rep, who organised the fund-raiser, said: “I have never seen so much stuff in my life. My car was full of food and in total I believe we have more than 50 big crates full of stuff.

“I can’t believe how well it has gone.

“We even had a lot of presents and gifts for children which is going to Wigan Council’s domestic violence charity.

“We wanted to set a new world record but we needed something to set against it. So we have done this first and will apply to the Guinness World Records.” Trish Green, founder of The Brick, said: “Thank you to everyone who donated to the world’s biggest hamper appeal and the organisations who helped – Wigan Council, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Wigan libraries to name but a few. The Brick is still accepting late donations, which can be dropped off at its based in Arcade Street. Atherton and Leigh Foodbank is located at Atherton Parish Church St John the Baptist, in Market Street; Kingsleigh Methodist Church, in King Street, Leigh and Leigh Baptist Church.