AN ANGLESEY food bank has praised the generosity of Amlwch people after a food and cash collection held before Christmas.

Pantri No 6, on Lon Gogh, Amlwch, had its volunteers collecting for food donations in the Amlwch Co-Op.

They managed to collect about three trolley loads of groceries and about £70 in cash.

Now the foodbank, which helps people across Anglesey, is urging anyone across who is struggling to make ends meet to come forward for help

Roger Westlake, of Pantri No 6, said: "The people of Amlwch have been very generous. We aim to help all people in the area who are struggling. We want people to know we are here.

"A lot of local people travel to the foodbank in Holyhead for help, that is a long way to carry food back, especially if you are elderly and on the bus.

"So if there are any people in the area, particularly pensioners, we want them to know they can come to us too."

Roger went on to say there has been a "misconception that all people who attend the food bank are work shy and living off benefits."

He said: "Some people we help are long suffering carers who have to forgo their careers to look after a disabled or terminally ill loved one.

"Carers allowance is very small (under £70 a week). When the cared for person dies or is hospitalised for 28 days or more, the allowance stops and they are left without income until their claim for universal credits is processed.

"This can take several weeks, but bills continue to arrive! We would urge anyone who needs help, to come to see us, but they must be referred first, by organisations such as the CAB or housing association."

For anyone who wants more information about Pantri No 6, and how to get help, please call: 01246 839 364.

The foodbank is on Lôn Goch, in Amlwch, by the council offices, near the police station.