With more than 130 in the team there’s always someone at Strand Group who is involved in some way in local fundraising. That might be taking part in a charity fun run, walk or swim, or organising an event.
This prompted the group to review how they support local charities.
John Hellowell, chairman of Strand Group, said: ‘We get approached for donations by many worthwhile local charities and think it makes sense if we give our support to the projects that mean something to our own team.
‘Charities close to their hearts and which they’re involved with.’
The most recent appeal has been for the Isle of Man Foodbank.
This was at the suggestion of Strand Group office administrator, Emma Rourke, who also co-ordinates the charity requests. Rather than just make a cash donation, the team have also collected food items – canned goods and dry goods – such as baked beans, tinned fruit, pasta, rice and other staples.
Emma said: ‘Doing this brings attention to the Isle of Man Foodbank as many people probably don’t know that it exists and it reminds us all that there are people here in the island who would struggle without this support.’
The Isle of Man Foodbank went live in December 2013 and since then there have been 122 referrals for food parcels and support.
A spokesman for the Foodbank said, ‘In addition to providing food in crisis, one of the other functions of the Foodbank is to ascertain what might be the cause of someone needing food (debt, family issues, unemployment etc) so that a person can be signposted to other agencies that can help.’
The Foodbank admin phone number is 675503 (9am-midday Mon-Fri) and is based at Housing Matters, 17 Peel Road, Douglas.