In November this year, we wanted to focus on supporting some of our most important local charity organisations.

The LSL Communities Forum invited all colleagues across the group to join the first ever LSL Food Bank Initiative – and what a roaring success it was.

Together the team donated boxes upon boxes of food, toiletries, household cleaning products, feminine products and baby supplies. The continued supply of these essentials mean those families facing financial difficulty and instability will have a little less to worry about.

We organised two designated areas at each location where colleagues from PRIMIS and the TMA Club generously donated whatever they could.

A massive thank you to everyone that has been involved in the LSL Food Bank Week, ‘Let’s Eat Together’ initiative. We have been overwhelmed by the support of all our LSL businesses - you have really made a big difference to your communities.

The success of the initiative is thanks to how you have all got involved and supported your local food bank, from those of you working from home, out on the road, within Head Office functions, to those of you collecting within our branches, you really have made a difference

Lucie MiddletonLearning & Development Business Partner and Communities Forum Chair

A big thank you to Thomas Morris for bringing all this food to us this morning. You have no idea what a difference this is going to make to so many people in St Neots, they’re now going to have a much happier Christmas thanks to you.

St. Neots Food Bank

Some families may be subject to a temporary difficulty or setback, and we are able to help them through this. The food and other items that we are able to provide on a weekly basis from our food bank make a real difference to their lives. We are making sure that their cupboards are not bare and that they do not go hungry. The families are so very appreciative of what we are able to do. The children are always so keen to see what is in their family parcel each week!

Malcolm RoseSt. Mary’s Mount SVP

All of us at Corsham Churches Food Bank would like to thank all of you who contributed so generously to the food that was brought to us on Friday last week. We ask for nomination before Christmas from local schools and other organisations that support those in need and we expect to have around 80 applications. Last Christmas we packed 340 bags of food to help people over the Christmas holiday. We think we’ll pack at least as many this year so the food you’ve given us will be very helpful in supporting our efforts. Many thanks again.

Steve DrewChair of Trustees, CCFB

We just wanted to say a big thank you for your kind donation of 18.4kg of food and a selection of toiletries on 9th November. Your support this autumn means we are able to continue to provide vital food and supplies to people in crisis over the coming months.

C. JamesKingfisher Foodbank

It’s a sad fact that food poverty is an issue for so many people today. It was great to see how colleagues from right across LSL enthusiastically got involved to make a real difference and the results and testimonials we received were fantastic.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved and in particular the Communities Forum chaired by Lucie Middleton which led this initiative. And, even more important, thank you from everyone at LSL to organisations like the St Neots and Kingfisher food banks, as well as many others, whose volunteers do such a lot for our society.

David StewartGroup CEO

Communities Forum

We’ll be supporting new initiatives in early 2022, so watch out for more news on those soon.