Collins Seafoods steps in to help local charities

Juliet Sanders and Craig English <i>(Image: Press release)</i>
Juliet Sanders and Craig English (Image: Press release)

Collins Seafoods, a market leader in selling frozen-at-sea fish, is sponsoring two regional charities near its depots in the North East and Leeds: Feeding Families based in Blaydon, Gateshead, and Leeds South and East Food Bank in Beeston.

The organisations are connected to the Trussell Trust Fund, the UK’s biggest food bank network, and offer support to people in crisis, providing them with emergency supplies and further assistance.

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Collins Seafoods has been in business for 42 years, supplying fish and sundries throughout UK and Ireland. It has a history of providing support and sponsorship for various community projects for many years.

Juliet Sanders, the founder of Feeding Families, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Collins Seafoods has started supporting us. It’s just so fantastic when businesses get behind what we do – it gives us stability and a chance to plan because we know we’ve got some money coming in. That money is turned into food which feeds more families, and we just wish there were more companies like Collins who would come and support us.”

Nathanya Laurent, Development Manager at Leeds South and East Foodbank, said, “We are thrilled to have Collins Seafoods by our side. With demand going through the roof and lots of unknowns to navigate, knowing we have the security of a regular donation will help us to build our resilience and maintain a robust service during these very uncertain times.”

With many families, individuals, and businesses suffering the pressure of record-high energy bills in the current cost of living crisis, food banks are no exception, as the expenses to keep warehouses and distribution centres running skyrocket. According to Feeding Families, in September, the demand for food parcels was 52% higher than it was at the same time last year.

Collins Seafoods Managing Director, Craig English, said: “These are very challenging times for everyone and we felt there couldn’t be a better time to offer our support and help people in all kinds of circumstances.”

As well as a monthly donation, Collins Seafoods plans to help the organisations with future fundraising projects, and work with them to spread awareness of the importance of food banks.


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