Colleagues at a leading East Anglian law firm banded together this week to donate more than £1,000 of food to those most in need this winter.

Ellisons Solicitors, based in New London Road, Chelmsford, called on local businesses across the city to come forward and donate what they could to the city’s foodbank as people braced themselves for temperatures of -9C thanks to an extreme cold snap from the Arctic.

Businesses dropped off boxes loaded with goodies, with those who took part thanked with mince pies at the office.

Colleagues from Ellisons and Chelmsford businesses donated biscuits, milk, tea bags and other essentials, dropping them off at the foodbank in Beehive Lane. Festive selection boxes were also part of the bundle as people tried to brighten the lives of those less fortunate in the run up to Christmas.

Ian Seeley, Partner and Chair of Ellisons’ CSR committee, said: “Chelmsford Foodbank week in, week out gives out hundreds of food parcels to those across the city who need it most, with its volunteers consistently give their time away for free to help.

“As we are preparing for Christmas, many Chelmsford families are struggling and wondering how to put food on the table and presents under the tree. The current cold snap is also putting pressure on people to keep themselves warm with energy prices continuing to rise.

“We hope Ellisons Solicitors food drive delivers some hope to families across Chelmsford and we wish them, and everyone, a very merry Christmas.”

Ellisons Solicitors, which has offices across Essex and Suffolk, is committed to supporting the local community through the work they do and has a dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility Committee to ensure the firm is helping the neighbourhoods it serves in the best and most impactful ways.

For the Christmas drive, colleagues put out an appeal on its’ social media channels in November, calling on businesses in Chelmsford to join in with the food drive. Ellisons donated £1,000 of food in total, with other city businesses and some schools also doing their part and dropping food packages off to add to the pile.

Colleagues at Ellisons packaged all the food up at their Chelmsford office in New London Road on Monday before delivering it to Chelmsford Foodbank where it will be distributed throughout December and beyond.

Last year alone, Chelmsford Foodbank handed out 5,160 three-day food parcels to people in need*.

Thank you to all the local businesses and St Anne’s Preparatory School for their generous contributions.

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