Gordon Brown is trying to save one of the UK’s largest food banks after soaring energy bills left it facing possible closure by Christmas.
The former prime minister has donated £150 – the amount of the council tax rebate being given to households – to We Care Food Bank in Lewisham, south London, and is calling on others to do the same.
“It is unbearable to think that any food bank should close at a time like this,” Brown said on Twitter, revealing he and his wife had donated £150.
The food bank needs to raise £25,000 before the end of the year to help with running costs and any donations will be matched by insurance firm Aviva.
The Big Issue reported last month that We Care, which serves 3,000 people, would have to close by Christmas after the monthly cost of running the fridges rose from £70 to £500 and left it on the brink of bankruptcy.
Founder Ray Barron-Woolford said Liz Truss’s new energy price cap for businesses is not enough to save the food bank on its own, as its bills will still soar to over £15,000 next year.