social bite food bank

Brunel Professions has shown true Christmas spirit by donating £6,000 to 4 foodbanks, local to their 4 offices around the UK this Christmas. Brunel want to help those most in need at the time of year when no-one should be allowed to go hungry. Brunel have chosen these 4 charities, as the worthiest of their donations due to the excellent work that they do to help the local community and those in need. The chosen charities are: Hackney Food Bank in London, Caritas Food Bank in Manchester, Refresh Food Bank & Cafe in Bristol, and Social Bite in Scotland.

Brunel’s donations come at a time when food bank use in the UK is at an all-time high. This has been a tough year for everyone, and unfortunately the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses has led to food bank use rising in the UK. For example, demand on Hackney foodbank has increased almost 4-fold, from 5,345 people given help in 2018 to more than 18,000 people so far in 2020. They expect that this trend will increase dramatically with continued pressure from the COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming destabilization and unemployment associated with Brexit.

Dylan Hughes, Director at Brunel Professions said,

“Brunel Professions advocate supporting our local charities. Every year we raise much needed funds to help where we can. This brings me on to say how happy I am to be supporting these 4 extremely worthy causes this year. These are all fantastic charities doing incredible and much needed work. Homelessness is a harsh reality in the world we live in and I feel grateful we can help in some way especially at this difficult time.”

Rachel Taylor, Head of income and relationships at Caritas said,

“When there’s ‘no room at the inn’ for people today, Caritas Salford – with the help of your generous donation – will be able to support individuals and families trapped in a cycle of poverty and without a permanent home, to get back on their feet and feeling hope for their future.”

Geoffrey Sautner, Operations Assistant at Hackney food bank, said,

“We here at Hackney Foodbank want to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry and donations of money go a very long way to making this happen – every £100 donated helps 130 people in crisis so this generous donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your support in our journey to fight food poverty.”

Naomi, one of the Trustees at Refresh Bristol said,

 “Thank you so much for your generosity and the kind donation of £1500, this will go towards providing food and free hot meals to the homeless and anyone who is in need this Christmas.”

Josh Littlejohn MBE, Co-founder and Group CEO of Social Bite said, 

“On behalf of everyone at Social Bite and all the people this kind gift will support at Christmas and through the winter, we are so grateful. We appreciate all your amazing support to date including the charity cycle in the summer, and your contribution to the Festival of Kindness is helping even more vulnerable people with vital food, essential items and shelter, at a time when they need it most. This valued donation will take us significantly closer to the mission of our Christmas appeal, which is to raise enough funds to distribute 250,000 meals and essential items in Scotland and throughout the UK over Christmas and the winter months, plus dedicated support for rough sleepers in emergency hotel accommodation from December 25th – January 25th in Edinburgh and Glasgow. To help really break the cycle of homelessness, some of the funds will also be invested in Social Bite’s long-term employment and housing projects.  Thank you again, value your support so highly.”

Each charity will receive a total of £1500, which will allow them to continue with their outstanding work, providing meals, shelter and support for the homeless, and those most in need this Christmas.