Before our Chair, Colin Sayers suddenly passed away, he shared an idea that we’re now very happy to have been able to put into practice; ‘Colin’s Random Acts of Kindness’.
Colin was a fantastic advocate for East Brighton working tirelessly over many years in numerous community roles, including working with East Brighton Trust to award charitable funds to many East Brighton groups. Colin’s idea was to use any remaining funds the Trust had to give out to residents or groups that were thought to be in need of an extra helping hand.
We know that the Christmas period can be a huge struggle for many residents, particularly with food-poverty being so high in East Brighton and across parts of Sussex, so last week the Trust committee agreed to our first ‘Act of Kindness’.
We donated £1,000 to FareShare Brighton, who do a fantastic job of sourcing and supplying produce to local food-banks, delivering much needed supplies to those most vulnerable.
Warren Carter, Chair of the grant's committee awarding cheque to Nathan Au of FareShare 5th December 2013
Farehshare work with 40 organisations and food-banks across Brighton and Hove, getting much needed food-boxes to over 6,000 people every week. This number is increasing as more and more people struggle with homelessness, benefit cuts, and food and fuel prices going up.
“We’ve seen first-hand the fantastic work FareShare do and we hope in the build up to Christmas our donation will play a part in helping families who are struggling. We also want to dedicate this donation to honour the memory of our former Chair, Colin Sayers who tragically died before we could launch his campaign of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’.” - Warren Carter, Chair of East Brighton Trust.
"FareShare would like to thank the East Brighton Trust for this generous gift. This money will go a long way in helping us provide food for charities and organisations working with vulnerable people in the east Brighton area and in the rest of the city. Without support such as this we would not be able to carry out this vital work.
• Provide enough food for 30 meals/ £40 worth • Save 11Kg of food from Landfill. • Provide 40 minutes of volunteering opportunities including training, travel expenses and support ….think how much we can achieve with this gift over Christmas!" - Nathan Au, Project Manager at FareShare Brighton