Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Axminster Carpets: Food bank launches urgent appeal

09:20 27 February 2013


A wide range of basic produce needed to help employees working without pay and facing potential redundancy

Food bank organisers have launched an urgent appeal for donations amid fears of major job losses at Axminster Carpets.

Many employees are already working without pay and volunteers at Canned Sunshine say they are in “extreme need” of a wide range of basic produce.

Co-ordinator Aynsley Jones said the potential for some 400 redundancies at the carpet company meant the need for crisis services like theirs was likely to dramatically rise across the region.

He told the Herald: “From January alone the food bank has seen a 60 per cent rise in our services and soon it will be at capacity.

“Many of the employees from Axminster Carpets have only now realised the impact of working without pay and the prospect of another six weeks to wait for benefit payments, if they are entitled.

“The job market across a 25 mile radius of East Devon can be a bleak prospect with no jobs available. On a daily basis the food bank have referrals from support workers, social services and East Devon District Council who no longer have access to financial assistance for families in emergency need.

“Our clients come from all walks of life and all age groups, showing that this economic crisis is not hitting just one sector of society. These crises can range from having no more savings, long term unemployment, the death of a partner, chronic illness, loss of your home, benefit deferment and debt management which has led to people being left without food and more importantly gas or electricity to cook food for their families.

“In April 2013 all crisis loans will cease and people in need will literally have their families, friends and community members to rely on. Although EDDC is working hard to establish networks with all emergency services in the area, people are living in deprivation.

“The food bank stays strong in their belief that the Axminster community will move forward as they have supported their community in the past and there has been such wonderful support for this food bank project.”

Mr Jones said Canned Sunshine urgently needed all staples for its food boxes.

l Foods required include pasta, rice, tomatoes, pulses, tea, cereals and canned vegetables. Food can be deposited at Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre, Chard Street, Axminster, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. For more information call Mr Jones on 01297 32331.

1 comment

  • I have great sympathy for the hundreds of Carpet workers left in such a volatile situation. I think the Food Banks will also be inundated when the Benefit reduction for those deemed to be over occupying their Social Housing properties come into force in April.

    Report this comment

    Teresa Green

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team

The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team service means patients no longer need to travel to the Exeter hospice to receive treatment, instead the hospice goes to them.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Students sleep rough at Honiton Community College.

The move was part of ‘The Big Sleep Out 2015’, fronted by homelessness charity Trinity.

Read more
Fri, 17:00
Graham Long in Upottery with his laptop. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 7459-42-13TI Graham Long To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Graham Long, a parish councillor in Upottery, has warned that delays in securing a contract to install more fibre-optic cables could lead to businesses leaving rural areas - and problems for homeowners trying to sell their properties.

Read more
Fri, 12:12
Neil Messent.

Oil industry worker Neil Messent also admitted production of cannabis and possession of class C drugs and was jailed for a total of two years.

Read more
Thu, 16:25

The incident happened at Raymond’s Hill earlier today (Thursday), at 3.07pm.

Read more
Thu, 11:00

The incident took place in Honiton Lidl car park on Wednesday, November 25.

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Read more
Wed, 17:30
Awliscombe Primary working with EDDC's recycling and waste team.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 11 years old, visited East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, as part of national Takeover Challenge Day.

Read more
Wed, 17:28
Cranbrook Railway Station. Ref mhc 3523-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

AFTER many postponements, Cranbrook railway station will finally open on Sunday, December 13.

Read more
Wed, 11:40
Upottery primary school children parents and teachers will take part in their own Race for Life event this week. Ref mhh 7169-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Parents are also being invited to participate in a Race for Life run taking place tomorrow (Thursday).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find a job in Devon

Find planning applications