Firm makes donations to foodbanks

Seven pallets of food and toiletries were donated to three foodbanks in the region thanks to the generosity of a Staffordshire flooring company.

Pictured at The Well, from left to right, Tamzin Smith, Lee Vickers, Phil Watkins and Saranne Thomas from AVE
Pictured at The Well, from left to right, Tamzin Smith, Lee Vickers, Phil Watkins and Saranne Thomas from AVE

Advanced Flooring Solutions Ltd, based in Four Ashes, near Wolverhampton, handed out the items to Wolverhampton Foodbank, Cannock and District Foodbank and Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank.

Directors at the firm wanted to help vulnerable people in the run up to Christmas and during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at the firm picked up groceries from a supermarket ahead of the initiative on Thursday and took the items in two vans to each foodbank.

Lee David Vickers, 41, from Wolverhampton, contracts manager at the firm, said: "The director came up with the idea and just because, our line of work, we have been in amongst these sort of areas, Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent, and we are just seeing a lot of people suffering.

"We have been fortunate that we have been able to plough through it and nobody has lost their jobs. We just wanted to give something back to people that are not as fortunate as ourselves.

"It was food that we donated alongside sundry items, like wipes, toothpaste, all sorts of stuff like that.

"We bought them all from the supermarket. It was all bought fresh. We went and collected it yesterday morning.

"There was about seven or eight pallets loaded onto our own vehicles.

"There was about six of us in total that visited the foodbanks due to the amount of unloading we had to do.

"We had to do a couple of trips. The first one we headed to was Cannock and District, then we went onto the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank, that was in the Blurton Methodist Church.

"Then we went up to The Well, in Wolverhampton."

He added: "I would like to make a mention to a couple of companies that got heavily involved with it. That was Sandycroft Construction, in Stoke-on-Trent, they donated, and All Vehicle Contracts Limited, they are based in Wolverhampton."

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