In January 2018 Bridgend based Construction firm, Jehu Group announced their Charity of the Year would be The Trussell Trust.
The Trussell Trust is a poverty charity which runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, give emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK. The Trust’s vision is to end hunger and poverty in the UK by bringing communities together and providing compassionate, practical help with dignity whilst challenging injustice.
Rene Jehu, Chairman commented: “Food is one of the most basic needs for all of us. people don’t decide to go without, they are forced to through circumstance. Could the quote instead say “Food is one of the most basic needs for all of us. Although many may take food for granted, imagine having to go without so that your children can eat or having to miss meals to save money to pay a bill.”
During 2018/19 Jehu staff and partners have been involved in various fundraising activities such as; the Charity Band Night, held at one of Cardiff’s top entertainment venues, The Tramshed. Local Welsh bands, 4th Street, State of Mind and Special Brew backed the event where over £2,000 was raised.
In September Olympic athletes Helen and Marc Jenkins officially started Jehu’s Annual Triathlon – Wales Property Triathlon, which saw over 250 Welsh property professionals from across the country get involved. The sprint triathlon, now in its sixth year involves a 500m pool swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run and raised £7,850.
Helen Jenkins, Double World Triathlon Champion and Olympic athlete at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 commented: “We are so pleased to be part of this fantastic event, it’s hard to believe that charities such as The Trussell Trust are around, there is no reason anyone should have to go without food in our society. Raising awareness through the power of sport is great and we’re pleased to be part of it.”
Jehu have widened their fundraising efforts to include; volunteering; labour support and food collections.
Nyron Wood, Contracts Manager based on the Yr Hen Fuarth site in Treforest said: “We have been working very closely with the foodbank in St Luke’s Church in Rhydyfelin. We have recently installed some new lighting to the foodbank storage centre free of charge and we’ve completed two volunteering days, weighing and sorting over 4 tonnes of food.”
The group are also completing over £8,000 worth of refurbishment works to the Carmel Chapel in Port Talbot which runs the local foodbank. This is an in-kind donation part of their community benefit commitments on the Glan Afan development scheme for Coastal Housing Group.
Marc Jehu, Managing Director said: “We would like to thank all our staff, partners and those who just decided to get involved and help us raise money. One of our main aims was to raise awareness for The Trussell Trust. No one should need a food bank’s help but sadly many people across the UK are struggling to cover the costs of essentials. There are currently 13 million people living below the poverty line and in the last year and The Trust have given over £1.1 million of three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.”
Alex Christian, Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Trussell Trust said: “We were thrilled to be chosen by Jehu in 2018 as their Charity of the Year. We have seen a record demand in food bank use in the past decade, with more and more people struggling to afford the basics.
But thanks to the incredibly vital support from our partners, we’re committed to working towards a future where there is no need for food banks. Jehu has a shared this commitment by taking on an active role in the communities we both serve and we are so grateful for all their support.”
For more information on The Trussell Trust and their programmes go to – www.trusselltrust.org