Friday, May 30, 2014

News: Willmott Dixon announces support for FareShare

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Willmott Dixon Partnerships' Rotherham branch has announced that the charity it will support for the next 12 months is FareShare.

The Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK's largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies. From a base at Templeborough, Willmott Dixon works with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver a repairs and maintenance service to 10,500 homes in the areas of Wentworth South, Wentworth Valley, Rother Valley West and Rother Valley South.

FareShare tackles food waste and food poverty throughout the UK. Last year it contributed towards more than 12 million meals, which were served at breakfast clubs, women's refuges and luncheon clubs for older people across the UK. On average, 62,200 hungry and vulnerable individuals benefit from FareShare's services every day.

The charity also delivers a program of vocational training opportunities and provides training in warehousing and fork lifting truck driving skills, as well as health and safety.

The repairs and maintenance company has pledged to raise £20,000 for three of the food redistribution charity's regional centres, through fundraising and volunteer time over the course of the year.

A Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development was awarded to the firm earlier this year. One of the areas highlighted by judges in making the award was the £1m worth of community investment made by the company and staff each year to local good causes.

Leigh Garbutt, regional customer and community manager at Willmott Dixon, said: "We're pleased to able to pledge our support to FareShare for the next 12 months. It's very important for us to give our support to a charity that all of our employees across the business can relate to. FareShare works on a local as well as national levels, which allows our branches to give something back to the local communities they serve, in this case supporting FareShare's regional centres based in Barnsley, London and Birmingham.

"The charity also aligns itself with our agenda for meeting the needs of local communities. As part of our 4Cornerstones initiative we work to tackle poverty in the communities where we work, and this issue is also very high on our clients' own agendas. We're looking forward to working together over the course of the year to leave a lasting legacy in our communities."

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