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Food in the pipeline for Cockermouth foodbank

Some of the food donated by United Utilities staff in Cockermouth (L-R) project director John Hilton, principal project manager Glenn Mallinson, assistant project co-ordinator Luke Johnston, project manager Ian Tomlinson and construction delivery manager John Parr.

Staff working on a Cumbrian pipeline project have dug deep for a North Lakes food charity.

A Christmas collection at the offices of United Utilities’ West Cumbria Supplies Project brought in around 20 carrier bags and several boxes of provisions for Cockermouth Foodbank Centre.

Assistant project co-ordinator Luke Johnston said the collection was the brainchild of one of the project apprentices but staff living and working in the town had taken it to their hearts.

“Some of us met volunteers from the food bank at the Community Heroes Awards earlier this year. We were shocked just how many families “go without” because they face the choice between eating or staying warm. We wanted to help as many people as we can at this time of year who may be in crisis,” he said.

The West Cumbria Supplies Project is a £300 million investment in new infrastructure to connect West Cumbria to the region’s integrated water network, improve resilience and protect the environment.

“Cockermouth is the area where our project comes together. The new pipeline we’re building connects to our brand new treatment works at Williamsgate, and the main project office is located just outside of Cockermouth,” added Luke.

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