Iceland very generously donated over 30 chest freezers for distribution to foodbanks throughout the UK to use during the Coronavirus pandemic, when so many elderly and people are in dire need. Iceland have also thoughtfully donated a £50 universal food voucher to each foodbank to help fill their new freezer.
Relief Aid Logistics are pleased to have worked together with Business in the Community to find foodbanks and organise the deliveries, all of which were kindly made by Brakes - free of charge. This project has been hugely motivational, and we would like to say a big thank you to all who have been involved. Particular thanks go to all foodbank staff and volunteers, who work with such selfless determination and dedication to provide food for those who are not so fortunate.
The first freezer was delivered to Cyrenians in Edinburgh, and Craig Buchan, Depot Operations Supervisor, his staff and volunteers said:
Ice to see you to see you Ice! Massive thank you to Iceland for the extremely kind donation of a chest fridge, especially on such a sunny day in Leith. This will help our partner charities store more chilled meals that will go out to the people who need it most during this pandemic. Also a huge thanks to Business in the Community and Relief Aid Logistics for organising, and Brakes for making the delivery.
Following an urgent appeal for PPE equipment, Relief Aid Logistics donated 500 surgical masks to East Kent Mencap at their Ramsgate Day Resource Centre.
Jessica Norman, Trustee of Relief Aid Logistics, said:
We are so pleased to be able to provide East Kent Mencap with this donation. PPE equipment is vital in enabling them to continue to support their members safely. If there are any local businesses in East Kent with supplies they’re not using, please get in touch and help them continue their incredible work.
Jason Gerlack, CEO of East Kent Mencap, said:
On behalf of everyone at East Kent Mencap I would like to thank Relief Aid Logistics for their very kind donation, it could not have come at a better time as our stock of PPE has become worryingly depleted. Their support is a great kindness which will help us to safely sustain our care and support to our Members.
East Kent Mencap are still in desperate need of PPE equipment. You can view the details of their appeal here.To offer your help
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Estates Gazette ran an appeal for warehousing and transhipment space for foodbanks in its weekly magazine and also on its web site, at the request of Relief Aid Logistics.
The Arch Co responded and generously offered FareShare foodbanks the use of two railway arches in Deptford, London, which are now being used to store and supply donations of vital food supplies to Deptford’s elderly and vulnerable residents. All parties are still working together to assist other charities across the UK.
George Cook, CEO of Relief Aid Logistics said:
We are hugely grateful to Estates Gazette for making the need of transhipment space known, for the Arch Co responding with incredible generosity and FareShare for their wonderful work supplying the vulnerable.
Quote from Kris Gibbon-Walsh Head of Network and Operations at FareShare:
We’re doing everything we can to step up our emergency response so frontline charities have the vital food supplies they need to feed those who are most vulnerable. This additional space means we’ll be able to get more food out to people at risk of going hungry during this crisis, and we’re extremely grateful to Arch Company, Relief Aid and Estates Gazette for their support.
The Arch Company Managing Director Adam Dakin said:
We’re delighted to help the community effort against Coronavirus in whatever small way we can. If other charities or community organisations could use one of our unoccupied arches to help with the current crisis, they should get in touch and we will see if we can help.
Estates Gazette Publisher Damian Wild said:
We’ve seen the real estate industry step up during this crisis and when Relief Aid Logistics asked for our help, EG was delighted to do so. We knew landlords would want to help, nevertheless the speed with which the Arch Company responded was fantastic.