A builders' merchant answered a call for help from a food bank looking to create more storage for its goods.

Thirsk charity, Community Works had outgrown the space needed to store food donated by the community which goes into food parcels supporting hundreds of families.

Food bank volunteer Kate Hoskin reached out to local businesses for help to move the food bank into a larger space which required new storage shelves.

JT Atkinson builders' merchant on Thirsk Industrial Park answered the call and contributed by donating timber for the shelving.

With a combined effort from local volunteer Roger Brown and others, the new storage space was assembled to create more space for storing the essentials.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The food bank run by Community Works in Thirsk now has extra storage space

The food bank, run by Community Works, relies on the donations from local people, organisations, community groups, and businesses.

This year alone with a collaborative effort they have assembled approximately 450 food parcels, reaching more than 1,200 individuals.

Jonny Atkinson, head of sales at JT Atkinson, said: "When we heard the charity were needing help, we were more than happy to support the project and provide materials to expand and improve the current offering. Having spent even just a few hours on site it was clear that this is such an impactful and important service to the local community.”

Information on how to volunteer, donate or access the services Community Works has to offer can be found at https://communityworks.uk/.

Food donations can also be made via donation baskets in any of the supermarkets in Thirsk.