Over the past few years, Novatech has aided in the support of a variety of causes, from local charities like Friends Fighting Cancer, to Solent Mind, a mental health and wellbeing organisation. Here's an update on some of our latest efforts.
In January, we made the decision to start donating to a local food bank in Portsmouth.
We have pledged to donate £500 a month for six months to Portsmouth Foodbank, totalling £3,000. This came as a result of our directors and owners, David and Joanne Furby, who had recently heard about the increased visits to food banks and the shortages they're currently experiencing.
"No one should ever have to go hungry, especially in times as harsh as these. With what we've experienced over the last year, people have enough to be concerned about without having to worry where their next meal might come from too," David said.
People in the UK go hungry everyday, whether that's due to a sudden redundancy, or an unexpected bill, and the pandemic has only worsened the situation. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with food banks helping prevent housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems, even crime.
Portsmouth Foodbank is passionate that no one in the community should be facing hunger. They provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in a time of crisis. The food bank is run and managed by a team of volunteers, and the organisation relies on the community's support to ensure they can continue to stop people going hungry.
Paul Harwood from the Paulsgrove branch of the food bank said, "we are so thrilled to have received this generous support from Novatech for the next six months; this enables us to continue to meet the ongoing challenges that the pandemic has placed on us as a front line food provision service. We want everyone who visits us to know they can be fed not only physically, but emotionally too - we want people to feel dignity and self-worth when they visit a food bank, and this money enables us to continue to meet those needs."
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