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Bamber Bridge firm raise £60k for food banks as boss fulfils pledge to double donation amount

Posted on - 26th December, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Business, Christmas, Preston News, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley Locations, South Ribble News
Michael Patel after having raised £60,000
Michael Patel after having raised £60,000

Sapphire Utility Solutions has raised £60,000 to donate to various charities to ensure people do not go hungry this Christmas.

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Michael Patel, founder of Sapphire Utility Solutions set a target of raising £30,000 in 30 days to provide essential items to food banks.

Michael agreed to double the amount to £60,000 if they were successful.

The company reached out to companies, staff and their friends for donations and reached their target on Friday 18 December – with a mix of online and offline donations.

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Michael said: “We are extremely grateful for each and every contribution from our clients, partners and staff.

“These generous donations will help many vulnerable people in our community, and will ensure during these unprecedented times, that all families who have signed up to these food banks will not go hungry this Christmas.”

Michael Patel donating money raised.
Michael Patel donating money raised to the Preston Community Hub Food Bank

Since raising the money, Sapphire Utility Solutions has donated £3,000 to Noor Food Bank, £3,000 to Preston Community Hub Food Bank, and £3,000 to Andover Food Bank.

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They have also teamed up with Morrisons and donated the remaining £60,000 to the food banks that they work with across 21 stores.

The money raised will contribute to hundreds of hampers to various food banks in the area.

They are keeping their Just Giving page open throughout the festive period so you are still able to donate.

See foodbanks near you who need help and the items they are asking for

Proud Preston. This, and many stories like it, show how the people of Preston are making a difference. Our Proud Preston section showcases all the charitable, kind, uplifting and great things about our city and the people who live here. #ProudPreston is alive and well, and there’s much to celebrate and be proud of, despite the challenging times we all face.

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