Weight planners donate time and money to Corby food bank

The cheque for �2,000 is presented to Corby Food Bank.
The cheque for �2,000 is presented to Corby Food Bank.

A Corby weight planning business has donated time and money to a local food bank to help it prepare for the busy festive period.

At its annual staff conference on December 11, Cambridge Weight Plan managing director Christopher McDermott presented Frank Gibson from Corby Food Bank with a cheque for £2,000 to support its cause.

Staff with toys donated through their appeal.

Staff with toys donated through their appeal.

The company realised that practical help was also required, with staff since donating their time to the food bank to help it prepare for a busy Christmas by putting together emergency food parcels for those in need.

When visiting the food bank they noticed their shelving systems needed an upgrade too, so they donated shelving to help improve the bank’s storage.

At the conference the 206 members of staff were asked to vote for the local charity Cambridge Weight Plan would support next.

There was a nomination process prior to the event with The Autumn Centre, Nanna Animal Rescue and Lakelands Hospice put forward for a vote.

On the day the most support was shown for Lakelands, with Cambridge Weight Plan donating £3,000 to the hospice in January and also hoping to offer practical support as staff have with the food bank this year.

The other nominated charities will also receive a donation.

Mr McDermott said: “We’re very proud to be a Corby company, with the majority of our workforce living in the town.

“We want to do all we can to support the local community and we look forward to working with Lakelands next year to raise further funds and support the incredible work they do.”

Staff have also worked together for an Angel Appeal, to purchase toys for local children in need to ensure Santa pays them a visit.

Hundreds of toys have been gathered for all ages and handed over to social services who will ensure no child is forgotten this Christmas.