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The fourth anniversary of the acquisition of the Stanlow Refinery by Essar Oil UK has been recognised with a £7,500 donation from the company to the West Cheshire Foodbank.
Representatives of the charity, who attended the celebration at Stanlow, were also presented with over 900 kilos of food which had been donated by employees at the Ellesmere Port site in the week running up to the event.
West Cheshire Foodbank provides relief to individuals and families in crisis in West Cheshire, through the provision of emergency food supplies, together with practical, mental and spiritual support either directly or by referral to approved partner agencies. It also seeks to raise awareness of the causes of food poverty and encourage both policy-makers and local people to take action.
Reverend Christine Jones, Chair of the Trustees, said: “West Cheshire Foodbank is only able to respond to people struggling with food poverty because neighbours are generous. Essar has recognised the on-going local need and the workforce has pulled together to provide significant donations of food and money. When representatives from Foodbank were invited to receive the gifts at Essar’s fourth celebration, we were encouraged by the sense of community and to know there was support and understanding from local business.”
Jon Mason, Stanlow Site Manager, commented: “I’m delighted that we were able to link our anniversary celebrations with support for a charity which is performing such valuable work in our local communities and want to thank everyone at Stanlow for their personal contributions to such a deserving cause.”