A BRITISH rock band who performed at Cliffs Pavilion raised more than £1,265 for Southend Foodbank.

Squeeze asked fans to donate when they performed on Sunday, October 27.

Volunteers collected a staggering £868.85 in cash on the night, which Squeeze then added to by donating £300 from charity CD sales on the night.

The band’s special guests, Heaven 17, also donated £100 to the foodbank the following day, bringing the total to £1,268.85.

Cass Francis, foodbank administrator, who volunteered at the concert, said: “We would like to thank everyone that donated food or cash to Southend Foodbank on Sunday.

“The money raised will help us to continue putting food on the table of local people.

“Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze have been so generous in wanting to help Trussell Trust Foodbanks this year.

“Heaven 17 and Squeeze delivered outstanding performances – all in all it was a great night.”

Squeeze allowed Southend Foodbank volunteers to collect food and cash on the night, and even generously provided three complimentary tickets.

A further two tickets were given by business owner Pauline Godfrey, who was too unwell to attend herself, and who sadly passed away three days after the concert. Pauline left instruction that the tickets be paid for with £20 worth of food be donated to Southend Foodbank.

Squeeze have been partnering with Trussell Trust nationally to collect for food banks in every town during their tour of the UK this autumn.

Southend Foodbank has collected the most amount of money so far at one of these events.

Southend Foodbank opened its doors in 2013.

In its first three years it received 3,566 vouchers which represents 8413 people - adults and children – who were all given three days worth of emergency food.

Between November 2013 and October 2016 the charity gave out over 81,000 kilograms of food.

For more information visit southend.foodbank.org.uk