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Christmas appeal raises over £9,000 for food banks

Town of Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom.

An annual appeal co-ordinated by Caerphilly County Borough Council has raised over £9,000 to support local food banks.

The Christmas appeal saw online donations, supermarket gift cards and food donated from Council staff, contractors and suppliers; in line with their community benefit contractual offerings.  Donations will be shared out between food banks in Blackwood, Rhymney, Caerphilly and Risca.

Companies who supported the appeal include A L Landscapes, A P Waters, A.G. James & son, Albert & Flaherty, ART Travel, CAE UK, Cardiff Lift Company, Carter’s Taxis, CDS Systems Ltd, Centerprise, Colin Laver Heating Ltd, Creigiau Travel, DNA Heating Ltd, DP Dennehy & Son, Gary Carpenter, Glanmor, Heatforce (Wales) Ltd, Hedlyn, IDS Systems, J S Lee Ltd, Just Rails, Lightning Solutions Electrical Services, M & S Catering, Mark’s Taxis, Mel Evans, Milleninnium Building Contractors LLP, Mini Miners’ Club, MITIE Property Services, Morgan’s Minibus, MSH Building Ltd, Performance Physiotherapy, Pinnacle Access Services Ltd, Quantum Traffic Management Ltd, Roger Jones & Sons, R T Taxi, S B Taxis, S D James Construction Ltd, Sixty Sixty Coaches, Starlight Electrical Services, Tina’s Taxis, United Graphic Design Ltd, Weekes, W R Bishop, Deco Glass & Glazing, Atlantic Building Services, F I Walters, K & B Taxis, Glyn Evans Coaches, James Executive Travel, Red Cortex, L & K Cabs, Gibbon Equipment Hire, Glen Richards, Getech, Ralphy’s Roofing, and Garth Farm Contractors.  A number of anonymous donations were also made via the Just Giving page set up for the appeal.

The Manufacturing Branch South East Wales of trade union Unite also donated £1,000 to the appeal; as part of a series of donations made to Gwent local authorities to support those in need over the festive period.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, the Council’s Leader, said “Christmas can be a difficult time for many and the events of the past year have created additional challenges for lots of our residents.  Supporting food banks has never been more important and we’re delighted to have been able to co-ordinate our annual appeal again this year.
The amount donated this year has been incredible and will be a huge help in enabling food banks to replenish their supplies and continue providing emergency food parcels to those in financial crisis.”

Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Cllr Colin Gordon, added “I’d like to thank staff and businesses for their generous donations and for their support throughout the year in delivering wider benefits for our local communities.  The events of this year have forced us to adapt many of our ways of working and I’m grateful to our suppliers for working with us to continue ensuring our communities are supported.”