Fortem – Operation Christmas

7th December 2023

Chesterfield Foodbank,

7th December 2023, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK

Chesterfield Foodbank Extends Heartfelt Gratitude to Fortem for Remarkable Support to Foodbank Project

Chesterfield Foodbank, a charity organization dedicated to combatting hunger, extends its sincere appreciation to Fortem for their exceptional contributions to our recent Christmas Appeal.

Fortem, a renowned property solutions and maintenance company, demonstrated immense generosity by orchestrating a significant food and toy donation drive as part of their project “Operation Christmas”.

Fortem’s team visited Chesterfield Foodbank’s warehouse on Tuesday 5th December, festively dressed for the occasion. Not only did they deliver a huge donation of food, but also provided pre-paid gift cards worth £200 and presented a substantial cheque for £1,450.





In addition to this, their team of elves showed genuine compassion and care for the children within our community by delivering sacks full of toys and gifts, a heart-warming and thoughtful gesture, guaranteed to bring a smile to families in need this year.

A special commendation goes to Marie Woodhouse, the driving force behind this impactful project. Marie’s dedication and commitment went above and beyond, exemplified by her extending their outreach of Operation Christmas to their subcontractors, who agreed so willingly and generously to contribute to the foodbank’s Crowdfunder campaign, currently match-funded by Aviva.

Special thanks to the sub-contractors of Fortem:

  • O’Donnell Construction
  • Scarbrook Plumbing and Heating Ltd
  • RAUK Scaffolding Ltd
  • Concrete Repairs Ltd
  • Vision Decorators Ltd
  • J R Whinfrey Ltd
  • Parsons Construction
  • Alternative Windows
  • Direct Systems Chesterfield
  • Gasgoyne and Beever
  • GSS Ltd.

As if that wasn’t enough, Marie even organized for some of her volunteers to support at Chesterfield Foodbank’s National Winter Tesco Food Drive last weekend.

“We are truly overwhelmed by Fortem’s kindness, enthusiasm, and unwavering support,” expressed Jacqueline DeVeaux, Communications, Engagement and Funding Manager for Chesterfield Foodbank “Marie and the entire Fortem team, along with their sub-contractors, have made such an impact in our community with their efforts and generosity, especially at one of our busiest times of the year, when many families are facing really tough decisions and struggling with the rising cost of essentials. 29% of the people we feed are children, so Fortem’s thoughtful gifts will really help make Christmas less worrying and more joyful for families in need. Thank you on behalf of all at Chesterfield Foodbank!”

Patrick Evans, Operations Manager at Chesterfield Foodbank commented “Chesterfield Foodbank sincerely thanks Fortem for their outstanding partnership and looks forward to continued collaboration in making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.”

About Chesterfield Foodbank

Chesterfield Foodbank is a registered charity (1174426), part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks. Chesterfield Foodbank supplies 3-day emergency food and essentials to local people in crisis, by referral*. Foodbank centres are located at Hasland, Brimington, West Bars (Town Centre), New Whittington, and Loundsley Green. They also serve the Hope Valley Area.

About Fortem

Established in 2002, Fortem provides specialist property solutions tailored to keep homes and buildings running smoothly. Their commitment to corporate social responsibility and community engagement can be shown through their genuine partnered approach, which ensures they achieve excellent outcomes for their partners, clients and customers. They have an established track record of improving communities and creating better places for people to work and live.

*Help Through Hardship is a service provided by Citizens Advice in Partnership with Trussell Trust. They help to assess clients’ situations and can provide an electronic foodbank voucher where necessary via their free helpline on 0808 208 2138, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (Closed public holidays). For media inquiries, please contact: Jacqueline DeVeaux, Communications, Engagement and Funding Manager, Chesterfield Foodbank

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