BH Live, the charitable social enterprise, that operates venues and leisure centres across Bournemouth and Poole, in partnership with BCP Council, has donated surplus food and drink to support meals for the homeless and vulnerable people in its community.
The donation, which consists of meat, dairy produce, vegan cheese, cakes, snacks and drinks, has been pulled together from venues and leisure centres including Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth Pavilion, Littledown, Pelhams, Corfe Mullen and Queen’s Park.
The collection and distribution has been coordinated together with BCP Council.
Those in emergency accommodation and who are vulnerably housed, including families, receive lunches and evening meals seven days a week made possible by a coordinated group of community organisations. This includes St Mungo’s, BCHA and Faithworks who also co-ordinate the foodbanks across Christchurch and Poole.
This donation has been very gratefully received and all of the items will be put to good use.
David Christie, BH Live’s Head of Hospitality, who coordinated the donation, says:
“We are pleased to be able to continue supporting our community in this way and are grateful to the Council, and our volunteers from the hospitality team, who have given up their time to make this happen.”
David Chidwick, Homelessness Projects Manager from Faithworks added:
“This is a very difficult time for all of us – but it is also bringing to light lovely stories of hope and kindness. Working with BCP Council, the Church and community are creating food packs for some of the most vulnerable people in our society who have been brought into temporary accommodation. That has meant ramping up the supply of food for those packs: therefore the donations from the BH Live team are SO helpful!”
Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said:
“We welcome the donation from BH Live and this is a great example of how local organisations across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are pulling together during the Covid-19 pandemic. Donations of good quality surplus food not only help to feed vulnerable people in our communities but it also prevents unnecessary food waste. Any other food businesses who can offer their support can contact us through our online form found on our website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/TogetherWeCan.”
Notes to Editors:
BH Live volunteers (Head of Hospitality David Christie and Group Executive Head Chef Stewart Parker, with Chris Hope from BCP Council collecting the donation from Bournemouth International Centre.
For more information about BH Live please contact:
Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive
T: (01202) 055562
About BH Live
BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.
For more visit bhlive.org.uk.
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About BH Live Hospitality
BH Live’s catering division, provides event and retail services at leisure and cultural venues across Dorset, Hampshire and London.
Terrace cafés, bars and vending services operate at venues including Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth International Centre, Littledown, Pelhams, BH Live Active, Queen’s Park and Corfe Mullen, Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth Pyramids and Fairfield Halls (Croydon).
In partnership with GLL, Terrace cafés and hospitality services for events are also delivered by BH Live at London Aquatics Centre (LAC), Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre.
For more visit bhlive.org.uk/hospitality.