Swindon Foodbank stocks up following law firm donation

By Anita Jaynes on 19 April, 2017
Staff from Thrings’ offices in Swindon have made their latest donation to a local charity which provides emergency food supplies to income-deprived individuals and families in the town.
Swindon Foodbank – which relies on food and monetary donations from local people and businesses in and around Swindon – has taken delivery of six boxes of food and drink and a four-figure cheque from the Drakes Meadow-based law firm.
The charity says the donations – including breakfast cereals, soup, tinned fruit and vegetables, biscuits, tea and coffee, pasta and rice – will support many of the 30,500 people in Swindon who are in food or financial crisis.
Earlier this year Cher Smith MBE, manager of Swindon Foodbank, visited the law firm’s offices to talk to staff about how the charity and its 50-strong team of volunteers have worked with the local community since its inception in 2005.
Thrings’ legal and business support teams in Swindon promptly decided to throw their weight behind the initiative by adopting Swindon Foodbank and Swindon Restore – both of which are run by Swindon Christian Community Projects – as one of their charities of the year, and gathering the emergency food supplies and money needed to help local people.
Cher said: “One in six adults in Swindon lives close to the breadline. When an unexpected crisis like sudden illness, relationship breakdown or redundancy hits, being able to put food on the table is no longer a given.
“Last year we assisted almost five thousand children and adults with emergency food parcels, distributing the equivalent of 46,261kilos of food or 132,174 meals to those in need at our seven distribution centres and via the hospital discharge unit at the Great Western Hospital.
“Our warehouse and distribution centres have already assisted one thousand people this year, we are shortly hoping to open a new distribution centre in Haydon Wick and add an electric van to our fleet of vehicles. These, together with the invaluable and generous contributions we receive from organisations like Thrings, will go a long way to ensuring we are able to continue collecting and delivering food to those people who need it most.”
Scott Robins from Thrings’ Dispute Resolution team added: “The food and money donated by Thrings reflects the firm’s enthusiasm for Swindon Foodbank. Unfortunately the number of individuals and families relying on the charity’s help is growing every year. It has therefore never been more important for local businesses to show their support for Swindon Foodbank, whether that’s by contributing food and money, donating time or even offering free professional advice.
“Many of our staff regularly devote time and energy to engage and collaborate with charitable organisations in their local community. As a firm we remain extremely supportive of Swindon Foodbank, a charity which carries out such necessary work, and we hope our donations will go a long way.”
Pictured above: Swindon Foodbank manager, Cher Smith MBE (left) with Scott Robins from Thrings.