GENEROUS staff from a law firm in Dorset have collected over 75 kilograms of donations for Bournemouth and Poole’s foodbanks.
Ellis Jones Solicitors, which has offices in Bournemouth and Canford Cliffs, have joined a campaign by the Bournemouth and District Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) to help the area’s most vulnerable residents.
Throughout January, the team at Ellis Jones collected as many packets and tins of food items as they could, before the next company signed up to the campaign takes their turn for 30 days, each taking a turn until December.
The aim of the campaign is to ensure that foodbanks have a steady flow of donations throughout 2015 rather than just the normal surge around Christmas.
Nigel Smith, Ellis Jones’ Managing Partner, said: “A donation of just under 12 stone of food by our team is a huge achievement and means this excellent campaign has got off to a flying start.
“If every other firm taking part matches, or even exceeds, this total then the Bournemouth & District JLD will have donated about 120 stone, or 750kgs, to the food banks by the end of 2015. That would be a fantastic result.”
Bournemouth Food Bank provided 25 tonnes of food to just under 8,000 people in 2013/14 and is staffed by volunteers who provide three day emergency food parcels to those in need to help keep them going during a crisis.
Residents who use the foodbanks can be referred through a number of ways including by visiting their nearest Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), social worker, or their GP.