4Com, the Bournemouth based telecoms company, will be donating 285 food hampers to The Trussell Trust, a charity that is working to stop UK hunger and poverty, and to the Christchurch Angels, a local befriending service.
4Com established the 4Com Foundation in 2014 to formalise the various fundraising and other charitable events that are common at the company. This year the foundation will be supporting the local community by donating 285 food hampers to The Trussell Trust’s Bournemouth and Salisbury food banks in addition to the Christchurch Angels.
Chris Duley, Onboarding Coordinator at 4Com, has played a key role in organising the hampers, this year being no exception. He said, “I thoroughly enjoy helping to organise the Christmas food hampers we donate. They’re needed more than ever this year and I am so pleased that we are able to support these charities.”
With the current cost of living crisis, The Trussell Trust announced that there has been an unprecedented increase in demand for emergency food hampers, with a rise of 14% being issued in the past year. Sadly, many people will be going hungry this Christmas with this greater demand for food hampers coinciding with less being donated. This is why the 4Com Foundation were once again keen to do their part and help people locally that were facing food poverty at Christmas.
John Saborido, Marketing & Comms Manager, from the Bournemouth Food Bank explains, “We cannot thank 4Com enough for their continued support and generous donation to our Bournemouth Food Bank. Each year we see a rise in people using our food bank and with the current cost of living crisis, this year is especially tough, which is why we are always so grateful for every donation or helping hand that we get”.
Whilst Maria Stevenson, Manager at Salisbury Foodbank, said, “We are so lucky to have the support and food hamper donations provided by 4Com for another year; it really makes a huge impact to those that may have otherwise gone without in Salisbury and the surrounding areas”.
In addition to The Trussell Trust’s Bournemouth and Salisbury foodbanks, the 4Com Foundation will also supply food hampers to Christchurch Angels, a local befriending service that falls under the Christchurch Community Partnership (CCP). The Christchurch Angels provide short-term volunteer support to those who don’t have a network of family or friends available to support them in times of crisis or illness.
Sandra Prudom, CCP Chief Executive Officer, said, “As always, we are immensely grateful to 4Com who do so much with us for our older and often socially isolated clients throughout the year. They love the wonderful hampers with Christmas goodies that 4Com have provided for the past 3 years – particularly through the Covid pandemic when we were unable to host our Christmas Day lunch. 4Com is a wonderful model of how local businesses can support their community and we thank them for their generosity”.
Similarly to previous years, the 4Com Foundation purchased the food, boxes, and labels before packing the boxes and delivering to The Trussell Trust and Christchurch Angels. 4Com’s generous staff volunteered on their lunch breaks to box up the 285 food hampers that were supplied to the local charities, in a bid to do their part and fight hunger this Christmas.
Dean Cartledge, 4Com’s Chief Operating Officer and the Head of the 4Com Foundation, said “I am absolutely delighted that we are partnering with these charities again this festive period. With this time of year being so difficult for many, it is important to us that we do what we can to support our local community. We have an amazing team here at 4Com that have gone above and beyond, once again, to ensure those in need this Christmas will not go without”.
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