Staff at a Salisbury auction house have clubbed together to support a major foodbank charity that was founded in the city nearly 25 years ago.
The Trussell Trust was founded in 1997 to help fight poverty in Bulgaria, but in 2000 a plea for help from a Salisbury mother struggling to feed her family prompted the establishment of the Salisbury Foodbank. Over 20 years later, the charity supports a large network of foodbanks across the UK and in the last financial year alone gave out 2.5 million emergency food parcels.
When an appeal went out from the Trust for donations of items to go in Christmas hampers for its regular foodbank users, staff at Woolley and Wallis were keen to get involved.
“This is the third year that we have supported the Trussell Trust and it feels more pertinent than ever,” said Woolley and Wallis’s Managing Director, Natalie Milsted. “The number of emergency food parcels given out by the Trussell Trust last year had increased by a third on the previous year, and the number of people using the service in our area alone has more than doubled since 2014.”
Boxes were placed in the staff rooms at the firm’s two premises in the city centre and at Old Sarum, and were then delivered on 30th November to the charity’s warehouse. Between them, members of staff had collected around 40kg of food with a variety of Christmas treats and festive staples.