Tis’ the season to be giving
Staff from Health-on-Line have kindly donated around £1,000 of food and daily essentials to local food bank, Hope For Food.
As Christmas approaches many of us will find ourselves stocking up in preparation for the festive period but for some families in Dorset this year this won’t be the case. Many people in the Dorset area have been hit by several life changing factors such as redundancy or family bereavement , it is estimated that there are around 13 million people in the UK living below the poverty line (Dorset Partnership) and with numbers of those using food banks set to rise by 19% (BBC 2015) it’s easy to see why some may go without this year. With this in mind employees from Health-on-Line’s offices in Bournemouth have been collecting daily essentials such as food, drink and toiletries throughout November, to support Hope For Food. Staff from across Health-on-Line’s four floors have battled it out to see who can collect the most donations for the charity in the hope that those in need can find comfort knowing they won’t have to go without this year.
The collection was a massive success with employees managing to raise around £1,000 in basic essentials such as tinned vegetables to luxuries such as mince pies.
Jade Kelly, member of the Health-on-Line Charity Panel explains, “Hope for Food do such a valuable work within the local area – and could potentially help every one of us at some point in our life. As a company we wanted to support them, and are delighted with the response by our employees. Our work with Hope For Food will continue until the end of January to give those in need a fresh start to the new year”
Hope for Food was founded in 2012 with the aim of providing lifes basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help due to the current economic climate. The charity runs three soup kitchens a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings and also have a large stock of food items, clothes, shoes and bedding donated by their supporters. To find out more about Hope for Food and the services they provide please visit http://www.hopeforfood.org.uk/
This initiative falls under the Company’s ongoing CSR programme which has been put in place to support local community and charities throughout 2015. The programme has included sponsorship of under 9’s football team Dexters, the support of community project, Shore Ideas and the raising of vital funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Mosaic, Julia's House, Busy Bees Nursery, Diverse Abilities and Lewis Manning Hospice.
To find out more about Health-on-Line’s work within the local community and the support it provides to charities within the Dorset area please visit www.health-on-line.co.uk/were-different/our-work-within-the-community