Homegrown veg helps charity

GROWING CONCERN Maj Sharen Furlong and Steve Smith's stepson Nathan Harvey.
GROWING CONCERN Maj Sharen Furlong and Steve Smith's stepson Nathan Harvey.
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A family has donated fruit and vegetables it has grown on its allotment to a charity for vulnerable people.

The Smith family has been selling its produce to the congregation of Heckmondwike’s Salvation Army church, with the proceeds being donated to the church’s Big Collection.

Steve Smith, who first took on the allotment with his wife and two step-sons back in June, said: “When we first started work on the site it was completely overgrown.

“However now it looks really good and we are growing all sorts there.

“We are looking forward to harvesting potatoes, broccoli and sprouts later in the year and we are planning all sorts of fruit and vegetable crops for next year.

“In just three weeks we have already raised more than £50 towards the appeal and hope to be able to add a little bit more each week”.

Major Sharen Furlong, minister at Heckmondwike Salvation Army, said: “Our annual appeal takes a lot of hard work, collecting door-to-door and standing days at local events.

“This idea is great as not only do our congregation get to go home with some fresh, home grown vegetables to eat but the donations they give go to provide help and support for people in need.”