WREXHAM'S foodbank is staying open as new premises have been found for the volunteer service.

Two weeks ago there had been fears that Wrexham Foodbank may close when the premises on Rhosddu Road were deemed not fit or safe for storing food.

An urgent plea was made by volunteers to find a new home and temporary accommodation has now been found to enable the foodbank to stay open temporarily on Dean Road, Rhosnesni, near the town centre.

With support from Wrexham Council in sourcing a temporary base, the charity can continue it's work feeding local people in crisis.

Councillor Andrew Atkinson, Wrexham Council's lead member for youth services and anti-poverty, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to secure a suitable site for the foodbank in council premises.

"A lot of work has gone into this and I'm grateful for the hard work of a number of council officers, all of whom have pulled out all the stops to assist the foodbank.

“While this arrangement will still be temporary, we hope it will provide them with time enough to secure their ideal location, meaning they will not have to make any further moves.”

Donations can be brought to the foodbank centre on Dean Road as of next week (July 30) on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10am and 3pm.

Items they are in need of are UHT milk, tinned fruit, coffee, tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, sanitary towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo and deodorant.

In the last 12 months Wrexham Foodbank has given out more than 2,000 emergency food parcels feeding more than 4,000 people, as well as providing a listening ear, toiletries and signposting to further help.

Volunteers also run a cooking course and help the Holiday Hunger project feeding children in the school holidays.

For more information, visit their website www.wrexhamfoodbank.org.uk and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.