North East charity Feeding Families has benefitted from a donation of £5000, following a year of fundraising efforts by Nexus employees.
The money was officially handed over at a cheque presentation, at a Feeding Families warehouse and distribution centre in Blaydon, Gateshead.
Employees of Nexus, which operates Tyne and Wear Metro, the Shields Ferry and some bus services, had voted to support Feeding Families as the company’s annual charity and have supported them with regular food donations throughout the year, as well as fundraising events.
Public Affairs Manager at Nexus, Lynne Robinson, said: “I’m really pleased that our teams have spent the last year raising this fantastic sum of money for Feeding Families.
“Lots of employees have got involved, helping out a really worthy local cause. The pandemic meant it was harder for us to raise money, as lots of activities like bake sales couldn’t happen, but of course it was also extremely hard for a lot of families who struggled more than ever, so I’m delighted with the support we’ve been able to give.”
Food collection points were set up in five Nexus office locations, with employees encouraged to bring a tin into work with them. Regular food drop offs to the warehouse were made throughout the year, including a delivery of over 50 Easter eggs this week.
At Christmas 15 Nexus employees spent an afternoon volunteering at the centre, packing hundreds of Christmas hampers and a recent Metro lost property sale, held at Tynemouth Market, raised £777 for the charity.
The money raised will go towards purchasing a new van, to allow the charity to delivery more food parcels.
Feeding Families provide over 1000 emergency food parcels every month. They work on referrals from GPs, mental health nurses, schools, family support workers and social services across the 12 local authorities in the North East to support those in need.
Sarah McPhie, Communications and Fundraising Manager for Feeding Families said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from Nexus. Not only have they donated such a large amount of money, which has gone towards a van, but they have also supported us with generous food collections and volunteering time. The demand for emergency food parcels is rising weekly and having the van will help us to reach more people in need.”
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