Aisling Bea praised the “heart, patience and emotional intelligence” of food bank volunteers during the cost of living crisis.
The Irish comedian and actor, 38, hosted a food and charity fundraiser for Hackney Food Bank at the Bill Murray Comedy Club in London on Wednesday.
Speaking at the event, Bea told the PA news agency: “I think a lot of food banks across the UK and Ireland are mainly run by people with heart, patience and emotional intelligence, like many caregivers.
“And it is sad to see what is happening and how they are the first line of defense against something the Government should have arranged for the people.
“And anything anyone can do anywhere to support them is the least we can do.”
The This Way Up star said: “We are donating to Hackney Foodbank, which is my local food bank, and the local food bank of the Angels Comedy Club.
“They are inundated with demand, especially in the last year where their demand has doubled, if not tripled.”
Bea also reflected on how important it is to be able to physically help local services after the pandemic, adding: “I think people are enjoying being physically able to do something and connect with our community because I think after two years of lockdown, people have felt alienated from what’s going on.”
Also speaking at the event, Derry Girls actress Kathy Kiera Clarke told PA: “It’s a shame that we have to do things like that in central London three days before Christmas but these are necessary. right now.
“For example, a lot of people in the entertainment business are doing the most basic things that the Government should really care about.”
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