Taff Ely Foodbank receives £20k Aviva Community Fund Award

Fund expected to help local community look after their hygiene

Taff Ely Foodbank receives £20k Aviva Community Fund Award

Non-Profits & Charities

By Jonalyn Cueto

Taff Ely Foodbank has received an award of £20,000 from insurance provider Aviva with the help of Thomas Carroll Group.

Thomas Carroll Group has supported foodbanks over many years – and this year, the group applied for the Aviva Broker Community Fund Award on behalf of Taff Ely Foodbank.

The objective of the community fund is to help a cause that will benefit the local community, especially related to climate action and financial wellbeing.

Looking after others’ wellbeing

Based in Pontyclun, Taff Ely Foodbank provided nearly 5,000 families with three-day emergency food packages in 2022 and has eight distribution centres around the Taff Ely area in Rhondda Cynon Taff. The foodbank will use the awarded £20,000 to help set up a scheme to tackle hygiene poverty.

Andrew Butcher, project manager at Taff Ely Foodbank, welcomed the announcement, expressing his gratitude to the donors and Thomas Carroll Group. He highlighted the importance of looking after one’s hygiene to improve their wellbeing and mental health.

“Keeping clean, smelling good and having a hygienic home are all really important for mental health and wellbeing, especially for those with job interviews to attend, for example, but these kinds of goods are also often overlooked when it comes to donations,” said Butcher. “That’s why we were so thrilled when we heard we had been awarded £20,000 by Aviva, as it will allow us to stock our shelves with as many of these products as we can to ensure that our visitors get the hygiene products that they need.

“We are so grateful to Thomas Carroll for their ongoing support, not only with food drives and fundraising, but also with application processes such as these. This money will make a massive difference for us, and those who depend on the Foodbank.”

Rhys Thomas (pictured left), CEO of Thomas Carroll Group, applauded the work being done.

“We keep fairly quiet about the charitable work we do here at Thomas Carroll Group, but it is a fundamental part of our ethos as a company and one that we are very proud of,” he said.

“It has been great to work with Andrew and his team at Taff Ely Foodbank and this recent Aviva Award is just the icing on the cake for us. The work they do is so important to the local community, especially during this current cost-of-living crisis, so anything we can do to help and support is well worth it.”

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