KEIGHLEY charity Living Lights has received a £5,000 grant to help fund its food bank and outreach service during lockdown.

The group is one of 42 across the UK to receive cash from consumer champion Martin Lewis's charity fund.

Money expert Mr Lewis set up the fund specifically to support charities on the frontline supporting people during the pandemic.

Living Lights this week said the award demonstrated national recognition for the group's work during the pandemic.

Founder Patrick McDonnell said: "We were delighted to be amongst the first charities to receive this vital funding, and for our outreach work to be recognised by a national funder.

"There has been a huge increase in demand on our outreach services during the lockdown period.

"We have continued to support many vulnerable people in isolation with emergency food, throughout the pandemic, with our service home support service.

"This funding has also helped us to pool resources and support other food providers in the area.

"It has been a pleasure joining forces with the Salvation army at this difficult time as part of the new Keighley foodbank partnership.

"Keighley Pathways have done an excellent job of organising central referrals to the Salvation Army, ourselves and to smaller community initiatives.”

Anyone wishing to support Living Lights' work should call 07830 855544, and anyone seeking support can contact Keighley pathways on 01535 608631.