Addo Food Group

Nottingham-based Addo Food Group has continued to donate to charities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pastry producer has donated and raised more than £11,000 for local and national charities by hosting 42 socially distanced events.

Its staff have provided more than 17,000 hours of ‘responsible activity’ from March to June, said the firm. Addo Food Group has also offered 156 hours of work experience opportunities.

“Despite these being extraordinary times, we are exceptionally proud that our teams have still managed to support local causes and help those less fortunate,” said Deborah Bolton, CEO of Addo Food Group.

Its Poole bakery has donated to hospice charity Julia’s House, which offers support to families caring for children with life-limiting conditions. The team has also been delivering food parcels to people in the local neighbourhood.

The Spalding and Palethorpes sites have donated to their local food banks, while its two sites in Nottingham have been supporting a charity that provides free meals to the homeless and those in the need, as well as the Queen’s Medical Centre hospital.

At the Tottle bakery, staff packed VE Day celebration goodie bags for a local residential home.

“Although the crisis has proved challenging for businesses in any industry, we feel very lucky that food manufacturing has been classed as ‘essential work’ – this meant we were able to continue operating and recruiting, helping to support those previously working within other hard-hit sectors with opportunities for work.”

Addo has continued to support NHS Together harities with fundraising challenges, such as the Pastry Quiz of the Year, which raised more than £2,500 for frontline staff, and the Miles for Meals virtual trek challenge, which has now raised £2,900 for local homelessness charity Canaan Trust.