Mulbury backs Mustard Tree’s fight against poverty

27th February 2017

Mulbury has signed up to be a supporter of inspiring Manchester-based charity Mustard Tree.

The partnership will see Mulbury take part in fundraising and volunteering initiatives with Mustard Tree whose mission is to combat poverty and prevent homelessness.

Mulbury visited Mustard Tree’s HQ in Oldham Road, Ancoats, to drop off food, warm clothing and toiletries. The items were donated following a collection mobilised by Mulbury staff and the company’s partners and supply chain.

Businesses that contributed to Mulbury’s food and clothing drive were Bardsley Construction, dBx Acoustics, RLB, Freshfield, Futureserv and Scott Hughes Design.

James Alderson, head of Mulbury City, said: “We found out about Mustard Tree through the work we’re doing in the Ancoats area. Meeting with the charity we were inspired by the many stories of those whose lives have been transformed.

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Mulbury City’s James Alderson (centre) and Susan Witterick of dBx Acoustics assist at Mustard Tree’s HQ in Ancoats

“This food and clothing collection is one small way we can show our support to Mustard Tree’s mission and to the wider Ancoats community. We hope to be able to support Mustard Tree in many more ways in the future. A huge thanks to all those who supported this effort.”

Soraya Sheikh, communications manager at Mustard Tree, said “During 2016, we provided 48,991 meals through our various food operations so the demand for food is extremely high. While the provision of food and drink is essential, we use the act of eating together as an opportunity to listen to those who seek our support, with the ultimate aim of enabling people to escape poverty and homelessness for good.

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Soraya Sheikh (centre) explains how Mustard Tree helps people overcome poverty and homelessness

“With annual increases in homelessness and poverty in Manchester, donations such as the ones from Mulbury are vital as they allow us to continue the work we do in supporting those who are most vulnerable. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the team at Mulbury and their contacts for organising a food collection for us. We will of course, ensure that this provision finds its way to those most in need.”

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Shaun Carmody, a chef at Mustard Tree, accepts food donated by Mulbury and its development partners

Mustard Tree offers a wide range of support to people who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, including its flagship Freedom Project.

The 20-week programme supports those with additional barriers to moving on in life, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction recovery or a criminal record.

It allows participants to gain work skills and experience within the six main areas of its operation: warehousing & deliveries, catering, customer services, facilities management, office admin and waste recycling.

The charity also runs a food club, soup run, Citizens Advice drop-in sessions and community shops. Full details on how businesses and corporate sponsors can support Mustard Tree can be found on the charity’s website.

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Food, clothing and toiletries were donated as part of the collection organised by Mulbury and its development partners