St Leger Homes staff have broken their previous record this week by raising £1378.56 for the eight local foodbanks serving communities across Doncaster.
Staff held a raffle, tombola, cake sale and other activities – which added to food donations collected during the week, meant a total of 1434 kgs of food which will be split across Doncaster’s foodbanks. This equates to 2868 meals for local families across the Christmas period.
For many years St Leger Homes have had foodbank donation boxes in its offices and buildings, so staff members can donate items of food wherever they work. Last year their Christmas Appeal raised £960, so this year is an increase of £418 on that total.
St Leger Homes staff also work closely with local supermarkets and this has seen even more food being donated in addition to this figure, with donation trolleys being placed in many local stores.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“We are delighted that our staff have broken last year’s figure and raised a record amount yet again for local foodbanks. We know that the foodbanks are also experiencing extra demand from families affected by the floods we’ve seen in recent weeks, so this help could not have come at a better time.
“I am so proud of our staff and want to say a big thank you to them for their hard work which will mean many families living locally will now have access to good nutritional food over Christmas.
“Foodbanks play such an important role in supporting people going through tough times – and these meals will help make a real difference.
“We hold drop-in sessions at foodbanks all across the borough, offering help and advice to people on a range of topics including household budgeting, how to claim benefits and assisting with housing issues. If people would like to speak to our Tenancy Sustainability Team to learn about this work, or access support themselves, they can contact the team on 01302 862050 or email via our website.”