The hunger crisis in Stoke-on-Trent

Churches in Stoke-on-Trent are opening a food bank after discovering that the city has the third highest child poverty rate in the West Midlands.

Ron Willoughby, pastor of Wesley Hall Methodist Church, who are helping to run the food bank said

Living below the poverty line isn’t about not having the latest gadgets or Nintendo DS. It’s about going to bed cold and hungry and waking up cold and hungry. And we want to do something to stop children having to live like that in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Stoke-on-Trent Bids Final Farewell To Sam

The City of Stoke-on-Trent will bid farewell to one of its favourite sons on Monday at the funeral of broadcast legend Sam Plank.

The service will take place at Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem at noon. Prior to that the funeral cortege will pause for a minute beside the statue of Sir Stanley Matthews in Hanley.

Sir Stan used to listen to Sam on BBC Radio Stoke.

Verity Hilton, Sam’s wife is appealing to fans and supporters to send their photo’s of Sam by email so that they can be projected during the service. The email address to send them to is Samsphotos@hotmail.co.uk

A trust has been set up in memory of the veteran broadcaster. The Sam Plank Trust will ensure that his legacy continues, donations via PayPal will be available shortly but the Hanley Economic Building Society is taking donations now. Please visit any branch for details on how payments can be made.

All are welcome to attend the Service at Swan Bank on Monday where the proceedings will be relayed by loud speaker. BBC Radio Stoke and Moorlands Radio will also broadcast it live.

There is a large turn out expected as the City pay their final respects to Sam Plank in celebration of his life and numerous achievements and in remembrance of the good that he did on behalf of the citizens of Stoke-on-Trent.