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Like many working in the creative industry Northumberland filmmaker Jason Thompson, who runs Sound Ideas Media, found himself short of work when the COVID-19 pandemic devasted the creative industries. With all his newly-acquired free time he decided to do something positive and set about using his editing skills to make others aware of accessing and supporting food banks. 

In terms of who he wanted to be a part of the project it didn’t take Jason long to decide, “I needed someone to front the video and I immediately thought of North East actor and comedian Dave Johns who starred in Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake which was partly set in Newcastle’s West End Food Bank.”

Comedian and British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns was pleased to help and recorded his parts with Jason remotely via What’s App. Jason then researched the locations and needs of North East Foodbanks before completing the video which will be shared on social media platforms.

“Whenever I’m asked about Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” people always mention the heart-breaking scene set in the West End Foodbank,” said Dave. “It sticks in people’s minds long after they’ve watched the film as it brings into stark focus just how much food banks are a lifeline for so many people living in the UK today.

“What struck me was how caring and helpful the volunteers were and the dignity of those using the food bank. At this time of Coronavirus, Foodbanks are more vital and important than ever. I know we are all in a strange place at the moment in isolation, but if you can help in any way please do and show that you care.”

The video has been made to point people who want help from or wish to help food banks at Morpeth, Ashington, Heaton, Gateshead, Benwell Lane and West Road Newcastle, Byker, Meadow Well, Hebburn, Sunderland, Chester-Le-Street, Washington and Hartlepool.

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