How Ed Balls is giving Glossopdale food bank a boostGlossopdale Foodbank Bare Necessities has managed to scoop a copy of the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing Calendar, which has been personally signed by star performer Ed Balls.

The calendar is to be raffled in the Glossop Market Arcade this Saturday (December 17), with the lucky winner having a coveted Christmas stocking filler for Santa to deliver next week.

Tickets will be on sale from 11am at the mulled wine stall that the foodbank are staffing in the lead up to Christmas.

“Now’s the time for people to give generously,” said Cllr Dave Wilcox, “and the promise of this unique raffle prize is a good excuse for people to spend.”

“Last month the foodbank delivered parcels for almost 150 men, women and children,” he reported.

“At this time of year even families earning good money feel the financial squeeze. It’s particularly hard for those without the money to buy all those presents that their kids and grandchildren see their friends getting.”

Cllr Wilcox said that Glossopdale residents had shown great compassion and commitment to Bare Necessities in the past, and he was confident that their generosity would prevail again this winter.