Jehu Group has announced The Trussell Trust as its charity partner for 2018
Rene Jehu Chairman at Jehu said: “It was fantastic when I found out that The Trussell Trust had been selected, I think that not many people have heard of The Trussell Trust but just about everybody knows what they do.”
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 Trussell 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 also commented: “Food is one of the most basic needs for all of us. Although we take food for granted, imagine the people who have to decide that they will go without so that their children can eat or miss a meal to save money to pay a bill.”
Jehu staff were asked at the end of December to put forward suggestions for the company’s next Charity of the year, all proposals were reviewed and finally voted for by the board.
Marc Jehu, Director commented: “In previous years our choice of charity has sometimes chosen us due to circumstances. On this occasion it was a tough decision we had many fantastic proposals from staff which we managed to narrow down to two. In the end The Trussell Trust stood out to us because in many of the communities we are working in we regularly see residents who are living in poverty, so we felt this is where we could have the biggest impact.”
There are currently 13 million people living below the poverty line and in the last year The Trussell Trust have given over £1.1 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
Marc also said: “We intend to work with as many of the local foodbanks as possible, we want to make a real impact at a local level with an aim that this will be filtered nationally.”
The Trussell Trust recognise stopping hunger is about ‘More Than Food’, which is why they are working with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks.
The charity has widened their support beyond food to help people in crisis and break the cycle of poverty. Some of the programmes they’ve developed are; Money Life, Holiday Clubs and Tacking Fuel Poverty.
Andrew Mallinson, Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Trussell Trust said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Jehu as Charity of the Year 2018. Our foodbank network is entering the most difficult period in terms of demand that we have seen in the past decade and the continued support from corporate partners is vital in order to meet this demand. We are delighted that Jehu is so committed to taking an active role in the communities we both serve and believe that through fundraising and volunteering this partnership will have a great impact in Welsh communities.”
For more information on The Trussell Trust and their programmes go to – www.trusselltrust.org