Celebrating two food hero fundraisers

As we emerge from the pandemic a much larger charity, five times the food volumes of 2019, raising funds to maintain our work have never been more vital. We rely on donations to keep our vans driving, food flowing and charities continuing to receive surplus food deliveries. So when people approach us offering to fundraise for us, we are beyond grateful. We wanted to celebrate two of the amazing fundraisers who have stepped up to help us in three very creative ways in the last month.

Denzil LeRoy- Wing walker extraordinaire!

Meet Denzil- one of our brilliant volunteer van drivers at our Central Bristol warehouse. Every Tuesday, he drives one of our chiller vans full of food and delivers it to nine local charities. When Denzil had a wingwalk experience bought for him as a birthday present, he decided to use it to fundraise for FareShare South West. Not only that- he agreed to do it dressed as a pea pod!

Denzil did an incredible job encouraging friends and family to sponsor him on his flying pea mission- and inspired us all in the process! Denzil also featured on BBC Radio Bristol, which helped boost donations again. Using our JustGiving platform, he raised an incredible total of £1,835- that’s enough for 7,340 meals.

Dinah Body- Paper and Clay

Bristol designer Dinah Body took part in The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair 2022, and kindly chose to fundraise for our charity. The initiative set up during the pandemic to raise funds for charity through art sales. In addition to giving us 50% of all sales through the event, Dinah also chose to run a prize draw raffle via JustGiving. She raised an incredible £563- enough for 2,252 meals!

Dinah told us why fundraising for us was important to her. “The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair provided an opportunity for the creative community to come together and support a variety of causes with each artist selecting their own charity. My chosen charity was FareShare as I love that they turn quality surplus food into nourishing meals for those that really need it. The ethos no one should go hungry especially when good food is going to waste is one I wholeheartedly support. With the increase in energy prices and cost of living it feels like there has never been a more urgent time to support FareShare and its community. It has been a pleasure to play a small part in promoting the charity and raising funds. It’s good to know that the money raised will be spent well and hopefully ease the pressure on some families and children facing difficult times this year.

The food waste hierarchy calls for food to feed people first

Food companies are legally obliged to use food to feed people before sending to anaerobic digestion or for animal feed. We help them use their surplus to feed people first.

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