A SCARECROW trail which took place in Worcester over the weekend was a success and received three car boots full of donations for the city’s foodbank.

Organised by St Nicholas Church, who came up with a more creative way of celebrating harvest, the keyworker scarecrow trail took place at St Nicholas’s Church and Warndon Court on Sunday.

The event was organised to raise awareness for Worcester Foodbank and although it was free to attend, people were encouraged to donate food and other household essentials.

The foodbank received loads of donations - enough to fill three car boots which will be taken to the warehouse this week.

Rev'd Diane Cooksey, organiser, said: "We were blessed with glorious weather on Sunday that enabled our Harvest Celebration and Scarecrow Trail to go ahead as planned.

"We had 19 Keyworker Scarecrows on display all made by members from across the local community.

"We had a good turn out throughout the day with people coming to view them and then vote for their favourite one.

"It was close call but the winning Scarecrow was Taylor Tiger and represented all those who work in Animal Welfare.

"It was created by staff and children at Happylands Nursery. A close second was the Firefighter which was created by the Purslow family.

"Both winner and runner up have been presented with a £10 meal voucher kindly donated by the Barn Owl pub."

Maggie Collins, deputy Worcester Foodbank manager, said: “We had a fantastic day and it was wonderful to see so many people turn up to enjoy the trail and give generously to foodbank.

“It typifies the incredible support we receive every week from the community and right now we need it more than ever as we head into what promises to be our most challenging winter.”


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The trail was “extremely well” attended with a steady stream of visitors turning up between 11am and 3pm.

The Worcester foodbank is currently feeding around 50 people every day, which works out to be about 150 people each week, which is significantly higher than this time last year.

The foodbank said they expect that number to rise even further as we head deeper into winter and more people are swept into unemployment by the pandemic.