SENIOR council leaders have backed the campaign to help Barrow foodbank in a bid to make sure no person in Barrow, Furness, Ulverston or Millom goes hungry this winter.

On Tuesday The Mail in conjunction with the foodbank announced it's intention to build up its food stores to 35 tonnes of food by the end of January.

Members of Barrow Borough Council said helping the foodbank is vital to ensure nobody is left hungry at Christmas and in winter.

Barrow Mayor Bill McEwan said any sort of help is needed.

He said: "I am 100 per cent behind the campaign and we do not want families going hungry ever.

"It a shame that we have to have foodbanks because nobody should have to rely on them.

"But the work they do and the help they offer is tremendous, and I urge everyone to help out.

"I will be putting food in myself to help out families and anyone who needs it."

Mr McEwan said proceeds from the Glitter Ball at Abbey House on Boxing Day will go towards the foodbank.

He said: The Grand Central will perform there and a lot of people will attend.

"Everything that is raised on the night will go to the foodbank.

"We need everyone behind the foodbank and if anyone can help in whatever way, please do it."

Dave Pidduck, Leader of the Council and the Labour Group, said the generous community always help each other out.

He said: "The campaign is fantastic and I have no doubts that people will get behind it and aid people.

"No family deserves to go hungry at Christmas and I will do my bit to help.

"I am sure people in the local community will come together to help the foodbank."

Barrow foodbank’s project manager Ann Mills, said the generosity is humbling.

Mrs Mills said: "We are thrilled The Mail has chosen to support the foodbanks.

"This campaign will enable us to increase our food stocks and make sure no-one goes hungry this winter.”

"The communities of Barrow, Ulverston and Millom have risen to the challenge and we have had nine tonnes of food donated.

"Their kindness and generosity is so humbling."