Local GB athlete volunteers
at FareShare Merseyside to tackle food waste
OLYMPIC Taekwondo athlete, Henry Cookey,
volunteered at FareShare Merseyside last week to give back to the local
community and empower others to do the same. His visit marked the start of a new
partnership with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, in which athletes use their spare time
to tackle food waste.
The athlete, based in Liverpool, drove a refrigerated vehicle from FareShare
Merseyside to 6 frontline charities and community groups, to help tackle hunger
and food waste. Along with a group of volunteers, Henry helped redistribute good
food that would otherwise go to waste to vulnerable people in Merseyside. In
total, FareShare Merseyside delivers to 151 frontline charities on a weekly
Henry Cookey, local Heavyweight Taekwondo champion, said:- "The work FareShare
does is amazing and I just couldn't say no when the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
asked me to volunteer. I feel like I've really helped people in the local area
who need it, and I urge others to do the same for such a fantastic cause!"
Mark Hall, Development Manager for FareShare Merseyside, said:- "A huge
thank you to Dame Kelly Holmes Trust for supporting FareShare and inspiring
others to follow in their footsteps. This partnership is fantastic for
Merseyside as we are adopting an alternative resource to ensure the food we
receive is being redistributed to our frontline charities. Without volunteers,
we simply couldn't operate and get the food out to people who need it the most
in homeless shelters, children's breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges."
Leigh Hall, Area Manager at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said:- "All of our
world class athletes are passionate about giving back to the local community and
want to change the lives of local people through the work that they do. We are
fortunate enough to have a strong, and exceptionally talented team of athletes
who go above and beyond in their communities. True partnerships are key to the
work we do, both locally and nationally and the value FareShare adds to
community groups and charities is inspirational."
Volunteers can register their interest at:-
contact FareShare Merseyside on:- 0151 486 1139 or send an email to:-