How our joint Fundraiser of the Year winner helped break down barriers

8 November 2021

Emily began volunteering at FareShare South West in November 2020 to help people in vulnerable situations. She had previously struggled with her mental health and saw this as an opportunity to boost her self-confidence.  

Emily has spent her time at FareShare helping to deliver food parcels to local charities three days a week. “When Emily joined, we had no female drivers, and Emily changed that by immediately getting behind the wheel and delivering food with a cheery attitude,” said Charise Clarke at FareShare South West.  

In January 2021, Emily took her commitment to FareShare a step further, when she was nominated to take part in a Comic Relief challenge with The One Show. She took part in a gruelling 100 kilometre hike, the equivalent of two marathons, across three days in April.  

Not only was the training and the challenge hard, but Emily also spoke on national television about her own experiences of food poverty as a child. “Her candour touched us all, and was a huge thing for her to speak so openly about an often stigmatised topic,” said Charise. “We are so proud of Emily for both her volunteering efforts, and her outstanding contribution to national fundraising.” 

Emily also created some incredible TikTok videos of her volunteering, which helped spread the word about the challenge on social media. The challenge managed to raise £834,067 and was split between four charities including FareShare. 

Emily’s creativity and openness were recognised at our Volunteer Awards earlier this year, where she jointly won the award for Fundraiser of the Year.

Emily now works at the local council as a Covid-19 tester and in her spare time enjoys helping at a community garden. She said: “Volunteering at FareShare has been invaluable, the people are lovely. I instantly felt welcome and it’s helped me in every aspect. I will be forever grateful for my time at the organisation.”  

Find out more about volunteering at FareShare here.