A RUGBY league club is showing its support for The Salvation Army by collecting donations for the foodbank.

Dearne Valley Bulldogs, who play in Bolton-upon-Dearne, are inviting people to bring a tin to support the charity’s Goldthorpe branch this weekend as it meets growing need from the community during the cost-of-living crisis.

Jackie Kenning, community project co-ordinator at Goldthorpe Salvation Army, said: “Support from our local community is vital for The Salvation Army to be able to keep its food bank open so we really appreciate the focus Dearne Valley Bulldogs are giving to this as part of the opening of their new clubhouse.

“They are helping to raise awareness and support us in tackling poverty across the area.

“The level of need we see is really high, day to day we think it can’t get worse, but we have more people coming through our doors who are living in real poverty, atrocious housing conditions and struggling to put food on the table.

“We are now giving out about 40 food parcels a week.

Fundraiser Alan Lee added: “We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last couple of years to finally complete the building of our clubhouse.

“We are firstly a ‘rugby club’ however we want to be a big part of the community, and this open day will help bring the community and Bulldogs together.

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“To help celebrate this day we are delighted to be working with The Salvation Army, so together we can help raise donations for their food bank in the Dearne area.”

The event, which will take place on Vancouver Drive, kicks off on Saturday (May 25) at 12noon.