DONATIONS to a new foodbank launched in Holt have already topped £2,000.

The foodbank was launched two weeks ago with a hamper donated by a Holt resident.

Organiser Martin Moyes said: “She had received one of the Government’s food hampers and didn’t really need it.

“She decided to donate it to the village. We didn’t really have a foodbank at that point but we thought let’s just do it.

“We set up a box at the Holt Superstore and asked people to add items to their shopping to donate to the foodbank and we have set up a bank account.”

Mr Moyes, who lives in The Street, said Holt's response to their Foodbank Appeal has been amazing.

Donations of both food and money in the past two weeks already total more than £2,000.

Mr Moyes added: “We are absolutely delighted with the response from the village. Donations of food and money to the Holt Foodbank have exceeded expectations.”

“This means we can support those who need it for a good length of time.”

Members of the Holt Tennis Club are also donating part of their annual subscriptions to the Foodbank during the lockdown period.

The four-strong organising team, Marian and Martin Moyes and Tim and Joy Mason, have taken advice and guidance from the Trussell Trust.

They are making up food boxes for around 20 households in the village which need help and support during the Government’s coronavirus lockdown.

The food parcels contain enough food for between one and five people and will last for up to two weeks.

The people in need are being identified by the team at St Katherine’s Church and the food parcels are being distributed through the church.

Mr Moyes said: “We're sure there are some in Holt who need support but haven't come forward - and we understand that.

“However, support is available, so if you'd like your burden eased a little, or know of someone who could do with some help, please call me 01225 782444. Calls can be made in total confidence.”