Daily Telegraph readers raise an incredible £170,000 for FareShare

FareShare receives Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal cheque

9 March 2018

The 2017 Daily Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal has raised an incredible £170,000 for FareShare, thanks to the generosity and support of its readers.

The Telegraph published a number of features which highlighted the incredible hard work and selflessness of the charities supported by food from FareShare, and told the real life stories of some of the individuals benefitting from regular and nutritious hot meals as a result.

FareShare Chief Executive, Lindsay Boswell, said: “Whilst the money is extraordinary, the exposure – and the story telling – that The Telegraph journalists did, goes way beyond anything we could ever have imagined. Thank you!”

Head of Fundraising, Lindsey Cape, says: “We are over the moon by the success of The Daily Telegraph Appeal, and the amount raised.  A huge thank you to those who donated and to The Telegraph for making us one of their charities to support. The funds raised will make a tremendous difference, and in more ways than one.”

More than £560,000 was raised during the Appeal for the three charities chosen for their support – Missing People, Canine Partners and FareShare.

Examples of how the money can help FareShare in its work helping to feed half a million people a week -

  • £65 could feed 35 children in a breakfast club for one week, ensuring they all have the opportunity to start the day on a full stomach
  • £100 could allow three vans to deliver surplus in-date food to 18 local charities
  • £250 could run one of our walk-in refrigeration units for one week
  • £350 could train eight regular volunteers in food safety and handling, helping us to achieve our mission to feed people first

Some of the wonderful charities highlighted by The Telegraph appeal

The first story covered by the Telegraph followed a tonne of red peppers to three different community groups in London: a nursery, a brain injury centre and a homeless refuge.

This was followed by a compelling and personal story on why a community café in Nottingham was set up by its owner and the difference FareShare food makes to its service users.

One service user in Sheffield speaks to the Telegraph about his own harrowing experience that led to him volunteering at a homeless project and serving good food that would otherwise go to waste.

In Manchester, The Apostles Church tells Telegraph readers how surplus food is turned into goodness for the local community, while the Grange School in Manchester shows autistic children using FareShare food to make lunch for elderly people at the nearby Gorton Day Centre.

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