LANCASHIRE’S newest Bishop has asked people in Lancashire to remember local foodbanks during Lent.

Lent began on Wednesday and the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, has backed an Easter campaign that will ask people across the region to remember those less fortunate and boost donations to the Blackburn foodbank.

School holidays are a challenging time for foodbanks, as the absence of a free hot school meal means that many more families find themselves needing support to feed their children.

Ros Duerden, foodbank manager, and her team have devised a new campaign to meet the increased demand.

Each week during Lent, the Blackburn Foodbank will identify an item it needs and encourage people to donate that item.

Ros said: “Many people are struggling to see a way forward. When they arrive at our door they are weary and struggling to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

“We make them something to eat and drink and, while we pack their food, we listen to their circumstances and help them to identify other agencies where they can find support.

“This approach is working towards our longer term goal of helping people to help themselves.”

Bishop Julian said: “My appointment as Bishop of Blackburn was announced at Blackburn Foodbank because I wanted to send a message that the Church is here is care for all in the community, including the most disadvantaged.

“I wholeheartedly support this initiative and encourage everyone to spare an item a week — more if they can — to boost the Foodbank storehouse.

“If Blackburn Foodbank is too far away to reach for you then please just donate to your nearest one.”