Runcorn 02 worker organises food hampers for vulnerable pensioners

Jane Horabin

Jane Horabin

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

NEEDY pensioners are receiving surprise food parcels at home, thanks to a Facebook campaign launched by an enterprising mum.

Jane Horabin, aged 30, who works at the 02 call centre in Runcorn, organised for more than 100 food hampers to be sent to vulnerable, elderly residents.

It all began after she created a Facebook page appealing for donations.

The mum-of-four said: “It has been a huge success and I was amazed by the response.

“Everyone has given lots of great feedback on Facebook, and you only need to look at the pictures of the elderly who received the food and see their faces.”

Jane, who lives in Warrington, is continuing the appeal to help pensioners in her home town until the end of February.

She identified pensioners deemed most at risk with help from Warrington Council’s social services.

Jane said: “I saw something on the news to say 200 elderly people will die in the north west with no one to do anything about it.

“I set up the Facebook page and in three days I had 200 members.

“Then I was collecting food donations or they were getting dropped off at my house.

“If people couldn’t drop anything off other residents were volunteering their houses to store the food.”

To help with the appeal, call Jane on 07872567980, drop off donations at Orford Community Centre on Festival Avenue, or search ‘help the elderly in Warrington’ on Facebook.

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