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A Bradford food bank is to hold a fun day this bank holiday to raise money for necessary items

Find out how to get involved in this family fun day this bank holiday.

A homeless charity and community food bank are holding a family fun day this bank holiday to raise necessary funds.

Homeless Aid Action and Helping Hands Bradford are holding the fun day at the Hand and Shuttle pub on Sunday 29 August between 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with the proceeds being split between both groups and a portion of the money made going to the families of two local men who recently died due to the Coronavirus.

Every year Homeless Aid Action holds a charity event in partnership with local community groups, and they chose Helping Hands Bradford to partner up with. Helping Hands Bradford is a free exchange and food bank group run out of the house of local resident, Claire Tempest.

Birthday cakes are donated to Helping Hands Bradford for kids who would otherwise go without.

Ms Tempest said: “Homeless Aid Action links up with other organisations or groups to put on an annual fundraising event. This year, they asked that we join them and so we did. The point of the fun day is to raise much-needed funds for both of us.

“At Helping Hands, the funds will be used to buy food for parcels that we hand out. Over the past few weeks, it has been so busy at Helping hands. We are coming up to 6500 members in our Facebook group as well as providing presents and birthday cakes for children who would otherwise go without in the area.

“I have given out more food parcels now than when I did when we were in the last lockdown. I think it is because of the summer holidays and kids aren’t eating at school now. I’ve been getting referrals from local councillors and support workers. I will give out help when no one else will. One person who came to me said that she was turned away from one place because she didn’t work – you would think that she would be a priority.”

A portion of the money raised will be donated to the families of two men, known locally as Keenen and Kev, who both died recently due to Covid-19. “These men were both instrumental in the community which is why we decided that we will donate some of the money raised to their families”, Ms Tempest said.

Ms Tempest said she is giving out more food now than she did in the last lockdown.

Local businesses and members of Helping Hands have been supportive of the fundraiser, donating either time, services, or products to the day. Ms Tempest also mentioned: “The members of Helping Hands have been so generous with items for the raffle, so have local businesses.

“We have some brilliant food stalls lined up for the event. Mamma Leesha’s will be providing Caribbean food for the adults and kid-friendly food such as hotdogs for the children, as well as an ice-cream van and a dessert stall, being available.

Along with food from Mamma Leeshas Soul Food Kitchen and dessert from Delish Treats, the event will feature a bouncy castle, face painting, mehndi, karaoke, glitter tattoos, ice cream, a raffle, and more.

The prizes for the raffle include a gift voucher for Airobounce, a new bouncy entertainment centre for kids in Bradford, a bottle of prosecco, vouchers for desserts from Sweet Tooth and a brownie box from Vibe Deli, as well as personal training sessions from Kieran PT, a voucher for a new hairdo at a local salon, and a carvery meal for four at the 6 Acres Famous Carvery & Dining.

Helping Hands Bradford is also planning a winter fundraiser with more details to be announced soon. To become a member of Helping Hands or find out information on how to get a food parcel, visit here.

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