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In the run up to the 2020 festive season, Pinnacle has worked with several local organisations, such as the Trussell Trust, Lambeth Larder and Blenheim Gardens’ resident management to alleviate hardship in Lambeth.
This year, Pinnacle Group and staff has reaffirmed their ongoing commitment to Londoners suffering hardship during the festive season and, along with its delivery partners, has:
⦁ Donated a total of £3,500 to Trussell Trust and local community food banks across Lambeth;
⦁ Volunteered time, logistics chain and expertise to the local groups undertaking this work in Lambeth; and
⦁ Erected and donated Christmas trees and a light installation in Clapham Park, Lambeth.
Pinnacle supported two Trussell Trust food banks in Lambeth, (Norwood and Brixton and Clapham Park), to help the local community. The Trussell Trust operates a food bank network that provided 1,900,122 three-day emergency food supplies across the UK in 2019/2020.
The Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, located at St Margaret’s Church, received Pinnacle’s support to deep clean the church’s halls being used by food bank volunteers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pinnacle’s team cleaned these halls and will provide sanitorial services for the days that volunteer teams are working, alongside a final tidy up and sterilisation of the facilities in late December. Pinnacle has also donated £500 toward this fantastic effort by the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, as well as a further £500 to Clapham Park Foodbank.
Grant Seward, Area Manager from Pinnacle Group, provided a summary of what his Pinnacle colleagues had achieved, above and beyond their daily tasks: “Eight members of the team volunteered their time at the Clapham Park Food Bank to wrap gifts, pack food hampers, pre-pack boxes with treats and sort food donations. We also donated and erected Christmas trees and light installations in Clapham Park. Alongside this effort, Pinnacle donated to this remarkable food bank, which alone feeds over 1,800 people and distributed 20,000kgs of food in 2019.”
Pinnacle also supported the Oasis Community Hub, Waterloo, by volunteering five vans to distribute pre-packed support parcels destined for hostels across Lambeth. Pinnacle contributed £500 to this effort, which will support it providing 500 food and gift hampers. In addition to this work with the Trussell Trust, Pinnacle have also supported Lambeth Larder.
Pinnacle has also donated £500 to the Blenheim Gardens’ Resident Management Organisation’s (RMO) Floating Food Bank, alongside a further £500 for its hardship fund that will support school clothing for local children. This donation to RMO was matched by Martin Vitera, a sanitorial chemicals and Pinnacle supplier, which kindly donated £250 to both the food bank and the hardship fund.
Pinnacle recognises that food poverty and hardship is a serious issue in the UK and, as a leading community-facing, front-line service provider, it understands that it has an important role to play in the communities that it serves. It was grateful for the opportunity to assist and support the Trussell Trust, Lambeth Larder and Blenheim Gardens’ RMO and assist their work with local communities.
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