A Newcastle foodbank gained more than just supplies for hardpressed local families when regeneration firm ENGIE paid a visit.
The company, which is working on a £20 million energy centre project in the heart of the city’s Helix development, joined SES Engineering Services and Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) to put on a day of activities at the foodbank — and to spruce up its facilities.
ENGIE’s community engagement officer Heather Miller, project manager Steve Jackson, and electrical supervisor Dan Robson from SES, helped families build bird boxes and taught them how to rewire plugs as a way of learning new skills.
The staff from the two companies were joined by students from the NUFC Foundation, who helped to revamp and develop the foodbank’s garden, as well as deliver activities for kids.
Newcastle United’s newest signing, Allan Saint-Maximin, also paid a visit to show support.
As well as site staff donating supplies ranging from canned food to toiletries and toothbrushes, joiners who have worked on the energy centre development helped to construct a poly tunnel at the foodbank so volunteers can grow their own fruit and veg.
“It is wonderful to be able to support the foodbank and revamp the garden space so they can grow their own produce,” Miller said. “All the volunteers work so hard to help support vulnerable and needy families and this is the least we can do to support them.
“Seeing the faces of all the kids really enjoying themselves by building their own bird boxes – and learning some basic electrical work – was really heart-warming to see, who knows maybe we’ll see them again in a few years as future ENGIE colleagues.”
Main Image: ENGIE project manager Stephen Jackson; Newcastle United player Allan Saint-Maximin; and ENGIE community engagement officer Heather Miller