From Friday 3rd April The Blackpool Tower will become a Food Hub supporting the Blackpool Food Bank charity. The iconic attraction will provide residents who can afford to donate a few extra food items a safe drop off location for it be redistributed to those in need.
The Blackpool Tower is currently closed due to Government guidelines and 30 members of Merlin staff who usually work at the four attractions situated on the Promenade including Madame Tussauds Blackpool and SEA LIFE Blackpool have volunteered to run the Food Hub.
Blackpool Food Bank provides emergency food parcels through local front line agencies to support families and individuals in Blackpool and the surrounding areas who find themselves in financial crisis and are unable to afford food. Sadly due to panic buying and shopping limits at supermarkets, the charity has seen a decline in donations and it is hoped that by working with the Tower they will be able to deliver on their mission to feed Blackpool.
"It is an amazing opportunity to use the building to help people who are struggling and I'm hoping the Tower encourages more people to donate - and those in need to come forward."Kate Shane, Blackpool Tower General Manager
"It's an absolutely brilliant venture. It is more vital than ever because of panic buying there is no surplus to collect at supermarkets and with the limitations on purchases we have found it impossible to place orders for the tins we would normally buy to distribute."Neil Reid, Blackpool Food Bank Founder
Key information for those who wish to donate can be found below:
Vehicles can pull up in front of the Tower whilst the food is being dropped off, barriers are in place to ensure safe distancing. Receptacles for the food will be left in the foyer area behind the first set of doors.
The 125 year old attraction has also been lighting up blue each night to shine a light on the efforts of the UK's amazing NHS and front-line staff working tirelessly through this challenging time. A lovely way for the Blackpool Tower to show their thanks and appreciation.