ON Saturday (19 November) Rainford Villagers are having a “Donation Day to Make a difference” to boost the stocks available to two local charity organisations.

Rainford Cricket Club, together with their Junior Section Sponsor, the Golden Lion, have combined to provide much needed help for Our Warm Welcome, (providing practical support and help to Asylum seekers and refugees in St Helens) and St Helens Food Banks (Providing help in six centres across St Helens).

In a one-off event aimed at boosting supplies in both organisations as winter approaches, donations can be delivered to the Marquee at the rear of the Golden Lion Pub between 9am and 2pm.

Items particularly needed are tinned meat, fish, fruit and tomatoes, coffee, rice, pasta, sugar, toiletries, cleaning goods, winter coats and bicycles.

Cricket Club Chairman Phil Curran explained: “Some of our members have links with both charities and following the great support we have received from the village this season we are pleased to do what we can to help” he said.

Gordon Pennington, Volunteer Coordinator with Our Warm Welcome said: “This is another great example of a Community coming together to help those in need. The timing is just right and we sincerely thank everyone involved.

With the Trussell Trust recently declaring that for the first time ever, food banks are giving out more food than is being donated.

The club is hoping for a good turnout on Saturday.