Sponsors lend a hand – to build what they bought!

10th May 2018

JP Morgan Volunteer at Bournemouth Foodbank

Bournemouth Foodbank partners with a variety of local groups who have a desire to see poverty eradicated in our town.

Two of our corporate sponsors went above and beyond in support of our relocation project by sending teams of volunteers to help fit the items they had bought for the new warehouse.


Foresters Financial

Foresters Financial sent a group of 15 to lay down the flooring they had sponsored. To give our warehouse a well protected and level floor the Foresters provided a grant of £2,000 to purchase several hundred interlocking rubber tiles.

Not content with this huge contribution, local members of the Foresters turned out in force to complete this huge ‘jig-saw’ puzzle.

Foresters Financial Team helping out at the Foodbank

Matthew Fleming-Duffy, the event organiser and member of the Foresters explains more:

Foresters has a 140-year history of giving back to families and communities. Whether our members are building playgrounds in underserviced neighbourhoods, preparing emergency kits for victims of natural disasters or cleaning up beaches, Foresters provides opportunities to enjoy quality family time or give back through volunteering efforts that directly benefit local communities.


Our members recently helped with the funding and fitting of a floor system for the new foodbank warehouse in Boscombe. We worked really hard laying the tiles, with volunteers aged from 8 to 80 years… but the Bournemouth Foodbank team were absolutely excellent in keeping us motivated and injected a great sense of fun (thanks for the soup and crisps afterwards!)


No-one in our community should go without food and our volunteer members were very happy to help with this project as the team at the Foodbank really do a great job in supporting those people who have fallen on hard times. Great work guys, keep it up!

Laying tiles in the new home of Bournemouth Foodbank

Floor tiles - Bournemouth Foodbank


J.P. Morgan

Volunteers from J.P. Morgan’s Good Works programme came to fit the shelving that the company had provided. Funding was approved by the financial giant for a series of supermarket style shelves to speed up the process of sorting food and packing parcels. And, as if that wasn’t enough already, a team of 24 staff from the Bournemouth Corporate Centre descended on the foodbank warehouse to build the shelving.

JP Morgan Team Members Volunteering

Caroline Donnell from the J.P. Morgan Community Relations Committee summed things up:

The Foodbank staff told us how these new shelves will help them in their work so we are delighted to have been able to help.

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