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Sodexo’s Foundation charity dinner raises £174k

Sodexo’s annual Foundation charity dinner has raised £174,000 for Stop Hunger, a campaign that aims to tackle poor nutrition in local communities across the UK and Ireland.

Around 500 guests were at The Dorchester Hotel, London, on 19 March, to attend the black-tie dinner, and grand finale to the year’s fundraising activities.

Over the last 12 months the Foundation has given out grants of over £350,000 to 15 charity partners including FareShare, the Trussell Trust (the Foundation’s national foodbank partner), SSAFA, Focus Ireland, Magic Breakfast and Coram.

The evening also marked a milestone for Sodexo and Fareshare’s 10-year partnership with the total value donated by the Foundation to Fareshare reaching £1 million.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare commented: “FareShare takes good quality, in date food from the food industry and redistributes it to vulnerable people, through a network of 10,000 frontline charities across the UK. Without long-term partnerships with organisations such as Sodexo we wouldn’t be able to support nearly as many people, or get as much food to good causes. Working together we can combat food waste and tackle food poverty.”

Throughout the evening, guests were offered an insight into how the money raised promotes healthy lifestyles and provides food to those in need.

Four employees were recognised at the dinner for their efforts in supporting the Foundation.

  • Best Charity Champion Award – Mark Howie, Intervention Manager, Justice Services – for his commitment to organising fundraising initiatives and encouraging work colleagues to get involved.
  • Stop Hunger Day Award – Tim Fagan, Contract Director, Government Services – two weeks into a new role, he arranged a charity auction for the benefit of SSAFA and Stop Hunger; hosted by Matt Dawson, with 180 guests in attendance which raised over £51,000.
  • Most Innovative Fundraising Idea Award – Marie Arthur, Account Director, Sports Leisure & Travel – the driving force behind the 2018 Stop Hunger Santa Dash – a 5K run with over 100 participants from across the country dressed up in festive clothing who ran to raise money for Stop Hunger.
  • Volunteering Award – Omy Lawal, Department Administrator in Sodexo’s legal team – for her commitment to supporting the Foundation’s charity partners.

Commenting on the evening, Sean Haley, Sodexo’s UK & Ireland Regional Chair said: “The Foundation dinner is an important event in the Sodexo calendar where we have the opportunity to recognise our colleagues who go over and above to help our charitable efforts and to shine a light on the issues that exist within our communities around food poverty. By raising awareness as well as money we aim to help alleviate the issue for as many people as we can.”

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