In 1996, they went to Bulgaria, working in the slums on a project with Gypsy women when they met baby Boris, whose 14-year-old mother was a drug addict. At first the couple used their house, then their shed and later their garage to store the food. Within three years they were working for a charity in Armenia helping to feed thousands left hungry by a blockade in the early 1990s during the fallout with Azerbaijan. Three new Foodbanks open every week, staffed by a national army of 30,000 volunteers, and in the last year they have provided food for 347,000 people – an increase of 170% on the year before. Online at, email, or pick up a form at your local Lidl store. They’d both been made redundant from really good jobs, ended up with depression and were about to lose their home. “A lot of people had collection tins shaken at them and nobody had come up with this novel idea to go into a supermarket and bring out one tin of beans as you’re not going to miss it. They retired in 2007. Paddy won’t be drawn into political issues, but is proud of the Foodbanks’ legacy – not just in providing food but in helping people connect to social services and get extra support. “It was a huge amount of money,” says Paddy, “and could have paid off our mortgage. The Trussell Trust was founded 20 years ago by Christian humanitarians Carol and Paddy Henderson, initially to help the 60-or-so children sleeping rough at the Sofia Central Station in Bulgaria. “One single mum had come out of a women’s refuge and by the time we’d finished working with her we’d helped her equip the house with furniture. The Trussell Trust is founded. Anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust expects to feed around 15,000 people over the festive period, twice as many as last year. Initially, the charity worked in Bulgaria to improve conditions for children sleeping at Sofia Central Railway Station. In 2000, while fundraising in their hometown of Salisbury, the Hendersons began to realise just how many people were going hungry closer to home. The Trussell Trust was started in 1997 by Paddy and Carol Henderson using money willed by Carol’s mother, Mrs Trussell, to help children living on the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city. The Trussell Trust’s initial projects focused on improving conditions for the 60+ children sleeping at Central Railway Station in Bulgaria. Our Pride of Britain newsletter brings you awards news and inspiring stories - don't miss out! By lunchtime cars were coming up to the church where the Foodbank operated from and were literally dropping off shopping trolley loads of food at the door. Today, we support over 1,200 food bank centres across the UK. The Trussell Trust’s initial Bulgaria projects focused on improving conditions for the 60+ children sleeping at Central Railway Station in Bulgaria. The Trussell Trust was set up by Paddy and Carol Henderson after they heard about people in Salisbury unable to feed themselves. In 2004, the Trussell Trust’s Foodbank network launched a campaign to teach other communities how to run food banks. "They’re the ones who have made it happen and have put the work in. “Boris was tiny,” recalls Paddy. Paddy remembers being reduced to tears when an appeal on local radio, at a time when their stocks were desperately low, led to people rushing to help. In 2006 the couple decided to take a back-seat role in running the Foodbanks and moved to New Zealand to be close to their daughters. In 2000, Paddy received a call from a mother in Salisbury, who was struggling to afford food and faced sending her children to bed hungry. The Trussell Trust was founded in 1997 by Paddy and Carol Henderson using a legacy left by Carol's mother, Betty Trussell. Carol and Paddy Henderson founded the Trussell Trust in 1997 based on a legacy left by Carol’s mother, Betty Trussell. The couple also decided on a voucher system so struggling people were identified and helped, rather than “building a culture of dependency”. Mum-of-eight Sarah Barber also struggles and has lost three stone after having to limit her own meals to feed to her kids. “And although we did start it, the Foodbanks would be nothing without our amazing team. The prestigious Awards, sponsored by Lidl, honour Britain’s unsung heroes, those ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We know it takes more than food to end hunger. “Then she came and asked for work and when she came to volunteer we saw her change from being somebody who life had beaten, into someone who had pride. Paddy Henderson, said: “The number of people abusing the system [is] really, really small, and, taken against the number we were feeding, in many ways really irrelevant”. “Other people have become volunteers for us, got jobs and even gone to university. "But we’ve never missed it. “It’s very humbling to be nominated,” says Paddy, 65, speaking from New Zealand, where he currently lives with Carol, 71, and their daughters Clare and Julia. Together, we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, while also campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the future. Each nomination, like the Hendersons’, will be carefully considered by the Pride of Britain team. In 2000, they began to work in the UK too, opening the first food bank in their hometown of Salisbury after they were contacted by a British mother who was struggling to feed her children. "I wanted to go to the toilet and walked forward to them, and in doing so I moved to the carriage that wasn’t damaged. Carol and Paddy Henderson founded the Trussell Trust in 1997 based on a legacy left by Carol’s mother, Betty Trussell. Originally they had been trying to alleviate poverty in Bulgaria, and they decided to try and help people closer to home as well. We take a look, Best Black Friday UK deals for 2020 as huge day arrives from Argos, Amazon, Currys, John Lewis and more, Black Friday 2020 has arrived with massive savings from top retailers like John Lewis, Boots and more. Twenty years later, we now support a  network of food banks across the UK, supported by thousands of volunteers. Share this article "I was one of the survivors of the crash and that really changed my life because it left a huge question mark – why had I survived?”. The project’s supporters include actor Bill Nighy. Each provides emergency food to people in crisis, and additional support to help tackle the root causes that sweep people into poverty and build people’s resilience, so they are less likely to need a food bank in the future. 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