FLINTSHIRE based Anwyl Group has donated more than £50,000 to food banks across North Wales and the North West of England with support from its suppliers and contractors.
The family business, based at St David’s Park, Ewloe, has marked its 90th anniversary by boosting the coffers of 16 local food banks within the Trussell Trust network, helping families in need across its operational areas of North Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.
Half of the money was raised through ticket sales for Anwyl’s anniversary celebration event, which sadly had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. Fortunately, many of the company’s generous suppliers, partners and subcontractors agreed to donate their ticket value to ensure the funds still reached the Trussell Trust, which is working to end hunger and poverty in the UK. Anwyl Group then matched the total raised by donating a further £26,855.
Graham Anwyl, Chairman of Anwyl Group, said: “We were disappointed when our 90th anniversary charity dinner couldn’t go ahead. While the event had been billed as a birthday celebration, we had always hoped that we could raise lots of money for charity too.
“In planning this event, we could not have foreseen the enormous impact that the Coronavirus pandemic would have this past year on all of our lives. Charities in particular have suffered hugely and, with the help of so many of the companies we work with, we’re delighted to be able to donate this tremendous amount to The Trussell Trust, which is working to end hunger in the UK.”
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and also campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Samantha Stapley, chief operating officer at the Trussell Trust, said: “Thank you to Anwyl Group for their support. As the pandemic continues, more people are likely to need a food bank’s help. Food bank teams are working tirelessly to ensure help continues to be available. But ultimately, no one in the UK should need a food bank – all of us should have enough money for the essentials. The support of Anwyl Group will help food banks within our network continue to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people in crisis, while we work in the long term to build a hunger free future.”
Anwyl has made a total of 16 donations of £3,356 to the following foodbanks:
- The Flintshire Food Bank
- The Wrexham Food Bank
- Rhyl Food Bank
- Abergele District Food Bank
- Anglesey Food Bank
- West Cheshire Food Bank
- Wirral Food Bank
- Knowsley Food Bank
- St Helens Food Bank
- Runcorn and District Food Bank
- Ormskirk Food Bank
- Blackburn Food Bank
- Fylde Food Bank
- Ribble Valley Food Bank
- Middlewich Food Bank
- Wythenshaw Food Bank
For more information see https://www.trusselltrust.org/
Anwyl donates cash to Rhyl Food Bank; Pictured (right) Anwyl sales manager Jane Brooks at Rhyl Food bank, Christian Centre with food bank manager Rachel Round and volunteer Roger Handley. Picture Mandy Jones