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Father Alex Frost, vicar at Burnley St Matthew’s and his friend Pastor Mick Fleming from the Church on the Streets Ministry in the town were busy on BBC TV and radio this week, raising awareness about food poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic in Burnley. 

There are some very deeply moving stories highlighted in the pieces and you will hear the emotions from those working tirelessly to help people who are really struggling at this time. 

Round-up of key coverage: 

  • A five minute feature aired on BBC national news from 30th November, you can watch it here
  • A longer (12 minute) item was aired on the BBC News Channel on 5th and 6th December, you can watch it here
  • The story was also featured on the Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on December 1. You can listen to this here  (You may need to log into your BBC account. Then fast forward until about 30 minutes into the show). 
  • Rev Alex and Pastor Mick also featured on the BBC Radio Five Live 'Emma Barnett Show' also on December 1 ... you can listen to that feature here (listen from 08m 30s)
  • ... and locally the pair were also interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire (listen from 03h 49m 50s)  

How to help

Donations have been coming in thick and fast to support the ecumenical work in Burnley since the BBC News reports. If you want to help, the best way to make a financial donation for the work of St Matthew's is by using their on-line giving portal here

Food poverty is a marathon, not a sprint, so if you want to help, please do not feel obliged to give immediately. Help is welcomed at any time of the year, so you can wait until January/ February time when the months are cold and people will still be in great need of support.