St. Austell Brewery donated £25,000 to important causes in their local communities, just in time for Christmas. A total of £20,000 was given to foodbanks – near their breweries in St Austell and Bath – and £5,000 to NHS Charities Together. They’ve made the donations through their Charitable Trust, which supports the work of local charities and good causes across the West Country.
The Charitable Trust is funded by contributions from teams across St Austell Brewery, as well as donations from customers and fundraising events held in their head offices, depots and pubs. Since it was launched in 2003, it’s enabled the family firm to donate over £800,000 to charities and causes across the region.
The Trust donated £10,000 each to St Austell Foodbank and The Genesis Trust – which operates Bath Foodbank – to help them supply food to those in need. To thank key workers, they also donated to NHS Charities Together which represents, supports and champions the work of official NHS charities in the South West and beyond.
St Austell Brewery Chief Executive, Kevin Georgel and company directors also volunteered at St Austell Foodbank in December, helping to pack up and distribute food bundles in the run up to Christmas.
Piers Thompson, Chairman of St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust said: “We’re delighted to have been able to give something back this Christmas, to help where we can and to say an enormous thank you to those who do so much for our local communities.”
“This year has been hard for so many people and we wanted to do all we could to help those who need it most. For us, it’s been particularly inspiring to help out our local foodbanks. It was an honour to work shoulder to shoulder with the amazing volunteers who do so much throughout the year, to improve the lives of those in their communities who have fallen on tough times.”
Jon Langford, St Austell Food Bank Manager said: “It’s been so good to receive assistance – both practically and financially – from St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust! In this exceptionally tough year, as a primarily volunteer-led organisation, we have been so humbled by the generosity of local people, businesses, churches, and organisations. To have this level of support from our local brewery has been truly wonderful.”
Nick Mayo, CEO of The Genesis Trust in Bath said: “We are so grateful for the donation from St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust. 2020 certainly did not turn out as any of us imagined but at the Genesis Trust, we are managing to navigate our way through the pandemic. With such generous support from local businesses, we can continue to help some of the most vulnerable, marginalised people and families in our local community.”