Coronavirus: leisure centre donates to foodbank charity
The Grange Community and Leisure Centre, managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Chichester District Council, was able to provide fresh food and tinned produce to The Trussell Trust, including crisps and cakes earlier this week.
Following the government’s guidance to close all leisure centres across the UK last Friday, these donations will support those in need throughout the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
Stuart Mills, area contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We’re committed to helping the wider community and supporting those who may be experiencing social isolation at this time and those who just need a helping hand.
“The Trussell Trust is a fantastic charity and we’re proud to be able to support the work they do during such a challenging time.
“We hope that our donations will offer some comfort and support to those who need it most.”
Councillor Roy Briscoe, cabinet member for community services and Culture at Chichester District Council, added: “It’s been great to see partners, charities, community groups and businesses all working with us to support those most in need. We’d like to thank Everyone Active staff and everyone else who is supporting this effort.
“We will be releasing more information on the work that we are doing to support our communities, and how people can support this, very soon. By all working together, we can all make a massive difference.”
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. The charity’s ongoing work campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
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