Updated: Sunday, 17th November 2019 @ 5:12pm

Three Altrincham sisters aged 9, 7 and 3 'overwhelm' charity with huge food donation for Manchester's homeless

Three Altrincham sisters aged 9, 7 and 3 'overwhelm' charity with huge food donation for Manchester's homeless

By Ana Hine

Three kind-hearted Manchester sisters, all under 10 years old, donated a bumper haul of goods to Trafford South food bank this month.

The Hocking sisters, Evie, 9, Beth, 7, and Emmy, 3, made their donation at the Altrincham Methodist Church café on November 2 after raising money in a bake sale.

The girls’ mum, Sarah Hocking, said on the food bank’s Facebook page that she was proud of what her daughters had achieved.

She wrote: “We had a brilliant bake sale outside our house a few weeks ago. So pleased we [were] able to provide so much food!”

Hayley Entwistle, project manager of Trafford South food bank, said: “We do get donations from individual children and groups like brownies but the story behind this one is lovely and the effort they have been to raise the money is fantastic.

“You could see from the photo the amount was overwhelmingly generous.”

Representing the boys was five-year-old Jack Broatch from Timperley who donated a giant pumpkin to a university soup kitchen to help feed the homeless.

After failing to find a competition in which to enter the pumpkin he gave the squash, along with some other vegetables, to a student society at the University of Manchester. 

His mum, Shelley Broatch, a ward sister at Wythenshawe Hospital, said that the family was extremely touched by what he had done.

She said: “He is just a really thoughtful boy and both his dad and I are really proud of him for that.

“We have an allotment and thought it would be good for him to grow his own, to understand that food doesn’t just come from a supermarket!”

As Jack was on the half term break he handed over his pumpkin in person to the Student Action Society at Manchester University, which runs a twice-weekly soup kitchen in the city centre.

Claire Smith, 22, who works for the society said: “Jack’s such a lovely boy.

“His mum called us and said he had grown a really big pumpkin and they didn’t know what to do with it, but that he wanted it to go to a good cause.”

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