Football hero Marcus Rashford inspires young Clitheroe man to help feed hungry children
He's an avid Manchester United supporter and just like his hero Marcus Rashford MBE, Saul Suttie (21), of Clitheroe, is determined no child will go hungry.
After hearing about the free school meals scandal that left families receiving as little as £5 of food in a what was meant to be a £30 parcel meant to last ten days, Saul rushed to the local supermarket and bought food to create parcels in order to feed poor families.
The former pupil of Ribblesdale High School uploaded a post on Facebook urging struggling families to come forward and he admits he has been "blown away" by the response.
"I read about the meagre food parcels being delivered to families and I was shocked," he said. "Some of the food delivered is an insult to people struggling. I am a huge Manchester United supporter and Marcus Rashford is my hero. I was moved by his campaign and decided to play my part to help. I went to the supermarket and bought essential items such as pasta, eggs, fruit, cereal, long life milk, canned food, biscuits, bread and created food parcels. I posted a message on Facebook offering the parcels and couldn't believe the response.
"I had people contacting me from far and wide. I have a friend who lives in Jersey and he shared my post. I received a message from an under-priviledged family in Jersey asking for help. Obviously, I cannot deliver a parcel there, but I asked my friend to create one and it has seen been collected."
Saul, who is a fishmonger and works at Olivers Fish Stall on Clitheroe Market, said generous members of the community have pledged donations for families-in-need to ensure no children are forced to go without food.
"I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people who have donated cash so that I can create more food parcels. It's amazing! I now have my mum and dad, Steve and Liz, on board who are helping to create the food hampers and we have a very busy weekend ahead of us!
"The Ribble Valley is perceived as a wealthy area, but you will be surprised there are hundreds of children living in households where parents are struggling to make ends meet. We just want to make sure we can provide essential food items so that they can enjoy at least one nutritious meal a day."
Anyone wishing to contact Saul to receive a food hamper (all enquiries are confidential) or to pledge a donation, is asked to ether contact him via Facebook or e-mail: [email protected]