David Lee and James Aspinall deliver Easter eggs to Storehouse Pantry food bank

Wanderers' Under-23 coach David Lee and young goalkeeper James Aspinall visited the Storehouse Pantry in Johnson Fold on Thursday afternoon to deliver Easter eggs to the centre donated by all playing squads at the club.

The duo made the short journey to the Urban Outreach initiative which is held in partnership with St Peter’s Halliwell, The Hope Centre Johnson Fold and Bolton at Home to deliver over 50 eggs to put a smile on the faces of local residents this Easter.

The Storehouse Pantry is a not-for-profit venture and enables the residents of Johnson Fold to choose a variety of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, toiletries and cleaning products for a small weekly membership fee.

Through using surplus food from Fare Share, local food sources and bulk buying the Pantry provides everyday goods at a low cost, accessed from the local Hope Centre building.

And upon their arrival, Lee and Aspinall were given a guided tour of the facility by Bernadette Kelly (pictured above), a Peer Navigator at Bolton at Home who previously used the Storehouse Pantry prior to securing her current job.

The pair then met with patrons who use the initiative, taking time to pose for photos and sign autographs.

Speaking following the visit, Lee said: "It's been so humbling to come down here today and hand over some Easter eggs donated by the lads.

"Places such as the Storehouse Pantry deserve a lot of recognition as they really don't get the coverage that they are worthy of.

"We are so lucky to be in the positions that we are in, but visiting a facility like this really does hammer it home and we want to be able to help in any way we can."

Aspinall added: "It's been a real eye opener coming here today, but I'm just so glad to be able to play my part in helping the local people here in Bolton.

"Even though we're just donating Easter eggs, that's something that can make a person's day and give them the lift they might need.

"It's so important that we help the local community as much as we can and it's something that we enjoy too which makes it all the better."

For more information on the Storehouse Pantry, please visit www.urbanoutreach.co.uk/portfolio-posts/storehouse-pantry.

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