Family funeral directors Edd Frost & Daughters have presented Banbury Foodbank with a cheque for more than £1,000 as a result of their Christmas Memorial Tree Display.
The business in Horton View invited families to remember their loved ones over the festive period by purchasing memorial stars that are placed on their tree in their display window.
The money will now go to the foodbank, who provide a three-day emergency supply of food to needy individuals and families across Banbury.
Mr Frost said: “We believe this provides families the opportunity of remembering their loved ones that have passed away and at the same time to support local families in need. This has been the third Christmas that we’ve arranged the display and each year our total raised has grown.
“We are so grateful for the kindness and support that we receive each year from the families we have cared for and indeed others that choose to remember their loved ones who may not necessarily have used our services.
I have always believed that being a part any community requires an element of giving something back when possible. This is particularly vital to the role of a funeral director within any town or city”.
The Banbury Foodbank is based at the People’s Church but has distributon centres in four other areas of the town including the Hardwick and Grimsbury wards.
Sarah Williams of the foodbank said: “It is a privilege to accept this cheque for Banbury Foodbank. Because of generosity like this, local people can access emergency food when in crisis.
It is a special act of kindness to choose to help others in memory of a loved one. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our clients to everyone who gave.”