We are pleased to announce a new partnership with FareShare Merseyside, in which our GiveBack athletes have committed to use their spare time to tackle food waste.

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and food poverty by redistributing in date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges.

GB Taekwondo fighter Henry Cookey, former GB Olympian swimmer Adam Whitehead and former English footballer Chris McCready, volunteered at FareShare Merseyside to give back to the local community and empower others to do the same. 

The athletes drove refrigerated vehicles from FareShare Merseyside to six frontline charities and community groups to help tackle hunger and food waste, by redistributing 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 basis.

Chris McCready, former professional footballer and Trust athlete mentor, said:

“I am delighted to offer my help and support to FareShare Merseyside. Part of my aims this year is to be more giving of my time in helping others and this is an amazing charity. FareShare put the needs of others above their own and their approach resonates with me on a personal level and further down the line it is something I would like to inspire in my own children as they get older.”

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 www.fareshare.org.uk/volunteering or contact FareShare Merseyside on 0151 486 1139 or Mark.Hall@fareshare.org.uk