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We recently ran a charitable project called “Help Us Harvest”, to support our local food bank.

Harvest Festival is traditionally celebrated with a feast using food grown on local farmer’s land. In more recent years, the festival has become about sharing and giving to those who need support.

The Help Us Harvest Project was set up by our Protection Group, which aims to provide an extensive area of study outside of our student’s qualification.

Two wooden donation crates, built by Chris who works here at Profound, were shipped off to employer training partner Giant Steps Nursery, where apprentices at the workplace ran a creative decorating session for the children and painted the crates in autumnal colours.

Profound staff and their students began the celebration by supporting their community and donating non-perishable items of food.

Donations were taken over the two months, filling the donation crates ready to be delivered at the end of Harvest Festival.

We spoke with Evelyn Cramb, Coordinator at Peterlee Foodbank, who told us about the influx of visitors expected to come to the food bank. Evelyn said: “Universal credit is being rolled out in the area. However, those who are signing on will get no funds for six weeks until their payment starts.

We’re expecting more people to be visiting the food bank which makes donations very important this time of year. We’re always very busy, but we’re expecting it to be worse.”

Stephanie Hudson, Team Leader of the Protection Group at Profound Services, commented: “It’s brilliant to have our learners and staff involved in something so important for the local community.

The project reflects our values in giving back, and by holding a strong status around the business park, we hope to raise awareness of the food banks in the area and so build up support for those in need.”

Find out how you can donate to your local food bank by visiting:‎

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