16th September, 2014| News

The local community is very important to our business and we’re committed to being active within it.  We already have strong ties with East Surrey College (see previous post) and are also working with local charities to provide support and assistance.

All employees are offered half a day out of the business in order to take part in charitable work. There are a range of local community charities with which we have established relationships and have set up a programme of activities.

Epsom & Ewell food bank

Winterbotham darby volunteers at Epsom & Ewell food bank
Staff counting and weighing stock

We kicked off our programme on a sunny Wednesday morning when our members of the Winterbotham Darby team (Carrie, Stephen Ian and Sarah) set off to the Epsom & Ewell Trussell Trust food bank.  The charity provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. The food bank in Epsom & Ewell is part of a large network of banks around the nation and provide a large food box to 40- 50 people per week.  Nationally Trussell Trust has already helped to feed over 340,000.

They had asked us to help them with a stock check and re-organisation of all the wonderful donations.  It was immediately obvious that organisation is key and that it is vital that stock is properly labelled and accounted for. Not only to help them plan what they can give out to those needing supplies, but also so that it isn’t out of date and a food hygiene issue.

Greeted by Jonathan and other friendly faces we were shown around the site where the food was stored.  We set to work, crates of baked beans were lifted, boxes of tea bags were counted and trays of soup were weighed in each of the storage rooms. With three of us working in the larder and another powering through the heavy crates in another room it showed us why volunteers are so important to keep such a valuable service going.

With a strain on volunteers this work is essential but not always possible. It’s quite physically demanding so our help the job was done quickly. It also enabled Jonathan and his team to get on with other tasks.

Getting out of the office for the morning was not only rewarding, but also a nice physical change from sitting at a

The Tressell Trust - food bank

desk in front of a computer. Thanks to everyone that went and we look forward to returning!

Can you help? Fancy volunteering? Find out what they need and where your nearest drop off/ collection point for the food bank is here.

Trussell Trust is based at Generation Church in Epsom.