Food Bank Charity gets the vote at Bromleys

Staff at Bromleys Solicitors have chosen The Trussell Trust as their charity of the year for 2021.

The law firm plans a range of fundraising activities during the year, and staff will donate food items and toiletries to boost The Trussell Trust’s work in Tameside.

The charity supports a nationwide network of food banks, provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks.

Bromleys is supporting the Tameside East Trussell Trust, which is based in Ashton-under-Lyne and also has sites in Stalybridge and Dukinfield.

The firm’s charity committee plans a series of hamper raffles and sweepstakes while Covid-19 restrictions are in place. Once these are lifted, they aim to reinstate Bromleys’ themed fundraising lunches and bake-off events.

Jean Fitzsimons, project coordinator for the Tameside East Trussell Trust, said: “We’re delighted that Bromleys has chosen us as its charity of the year.

“Over the past year we have seen more people than ever needing to ask for the support of a food bank and this looks likely to continue. With Bromleys’ help we will be able to make a real difference to families in need in the area.”

Hailie Applegate, a member of Bromleys’ charity committee, said: “The Trussell Trust does an amazing job supporting families in need through its network of food banks and other initiatives, and we are pleased to play our part in helping its team in Tameside to improve the lives of people across the borough.

“Giving back to the community is a core element of our values of being accessible, caring and effective. We look forward to supporting the charity through fundraising and donations and, when the restrictions are lifted, volunteering at all three sites.”

Meanwhile Bromleys has presented a cheque for over £800 to Forget-Me-Not Buddies, its charity of the year for 2020.

The Tameside organisation supports people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, their carers and relatives. It was established in 2013 by Roy Bate after his wife Irene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She passed away in 2017. The couple were married for 54 years.

Forget-Me-Not Buddies has more than 90 members for whom it provides support and socially-inclusive activities.

Roy said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Bromleys for their generous support for Forget-Me-Not Buddies. Our trustees, volunteers, carers and cared-for people greatly appreciate their work to raise valuable funds for our charity.”

Hailie said: “We’ve formed a very special bond with the charity and will continue to raise awareness about the amazing work it does.”