Employees at the Nottinghamshire-based pastry producer Addo Food Group have been raising money for the local charity, Canaan Trust, by embarking on a ‘525-Miles for Meals’ virtual trek challenge, following a route between all their sites and spanning the last four weeks.

Deborah Bolton, CEO of Addo Food Group handing over the donations and fundraising efforts to David Gee of The Canaan Trust.

The teams have currently raised £2,800 and staff at the Tottle and Riverside Bakeries, have also been supporting the fundraising by hosting a ‘dress down week’ and donating long shelf life food items to the charity.

The charity, which is based in Long Eaton, has been providing secure accommodation and support for the homeless and vulnerable individuals for the last 25 years. In addition to operating two hostels for homeless males, the Trust also supports females and families who may become homeless, either as a result of fleeing domestic abuse or part of the 60% of the hidden homeless – living with family members or friends, in squats or other insecure accommodation. In parallel to these services the Trust, which operates 24/7 365 days a year, provides a comprehensive food bank service supplying food aid as well as access to toiletries and hygiene packs for anyone in need.

Samantha Hart, group HR director at Addo Food Group said: “Despite these unprecedented times, we are exceptionally proud of the team’s efforts to support the Canaan Trust and help those who are less fortunate. Our “Miles for Meals” campaign has already surpassed its target of £2,000 and we plan to continue to support the Trust and its fantastic work.”

Kevin Curtis, project manager at Canaan Trust said: “We would like to thank everyone at Addo Food Group for their selfless support throughout this challenging time – this donation will make a huge difference.

“At the Trust, we recognise that it is only through generous support that we can meet the exponential increase in requests from individuals and families across the community.”

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