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Pie maker boosts charity giveaway

Charity pies
Dorothy Ann McGregor (centre) said the pies were vital to her charity

A famous Lancashire pie maker is to donate thousands of pastries to the needy across north west England.

Holland's, based in Accrington, already gives away 432 pies a week to local charity Maundy Relief, but wants to expand the programme.

The firm now intends to donate 3,600 pies a week to other local charities, which must collect the supplies.

Holland's has been making pies, puddings and pasties since 1851 and produces about one million a week.

Community spirit

"There are so many excellent local charities and it will be a real pleasure to help them further," said managing director Neil Court-Johnston.

"This company is proud of its roots in the region.

"We've been established in the area for over 150 years, take our role in the community very seriously and always seek to contribute positively towards it."

Dorothy Ann McGregor, founder of Maundy Relief, said the pies her charity received allowed them to feed thousands of people in need every month.

"Holland's weekly contribution has made it so much easier for us to provide hot, substantial, nourishing and extremely popular meals for our guests," she said.

Holland's employs about 400 people in Accrington and is part of the chilled division of Northern Foods.

Any charity interested in taking up the offer should contact the company.

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