Marks & Spencer Bank employees have donated a wide range of food items to West Cheshire Foodbank to help disadvantaged members of the local community over the festive period.

Staff collected cupboard staples such as tinned meats, vegetables, biscuits, soups and pasta, with Marks and Spencer Bank also donating 240 Christmas cakes and 400 individual bags of chocolate.

In addition, more than 40 volunteers from the bank have spent time at West Cheshire Foodbank, helping to prepare food packs for distribution in the local community.

Alec Spencer, development officer at West Cheshire Foodbank, said: “The number of people needing to visit West Cheshire Foodbank has increased dramatically over the past few years, and we’re currently supporting about 450 people every month. The generous donations of time and food from the team at M&S Bank will go a long way to help those who may find themselves in need this Christmas.”

Sue Fox, chief executive officer at the bank, said: “I’m really proud of the team, they’ve done a fantastic job collecting items for the Foodbank and preparing food packs, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help.”

West Cheshire Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust which provides nutritionally balanced food packs to local people in crisis.