Viridor staff help charity deliver food donations
26th May 2020
Viridor staff have been helping a charity ensure people in Bristol do not go hungry during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Interim Collections Business Manager Edwin Vroonland agreed to lend charity Fairshare a 7.5tn cage truck to move a large number of food donations across the city.
Viridor driver Malcolm Davis and supervisor Allan Southwood picked up the deliveries and dropped them off at Bristol City FC’s Ashton Gate ground, from where it was distributed by Fairshare to those in need.
Edwin said: “In the end they had to do three trips, 12 pallets in total, and the whole thing was flawless and safe, observing social distancing rules at all times.
“The truck was loaded with pallets full of pasta, tomatoes, peas and milk, and they set off to Ashton Gate.
“Fairshare hugely appreciated it because they had a sudden influx of food deliveries coming in, but their warehouse was too small to store all of it.
“They needed to transfer it to the stadium as soon as possible to avoid complications, so they can easily and safely keep delivering the food to those in need.
“All in all, I hope we can continue to work together and perhaps grow the relationship between both companies even more. At Viridor we want to provide support to our local communities and companies.”
Since the first delivery, Edwin’s team in Bristol has continued to support Fairshare with their work during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Phoebe Ruxton, Head of Development for Fairshare South West, said she was very grateful for Viridor’s help.
She said: “At a time when the pressure on our work has dramatically increased, having the support of companies like Viridor makes all the difference to the positive impact we can make in our community.
“They lent us a truck and driver for the day to help us shuttle 12 pallets of food to our new warehouse space after it was misdelivered - saving our team hours of hard work.
“We hope to see our partnership continue and grow after the crisis is over."
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