Company's generous donation will make sure children across Burnley and Pendle are fed over the Christmas holidays

Around 200 families in Burnley and Pendle will have food on their tables and some extra festive treats thanks to a generous company.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 4:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th December 2020, 4:36 pm

VEKA plc, the UK’s leading uPVC window supplier based in the heart of Burnley, has donated £3200 to local foodbanks helping provide meals for children throughout the Christmas holidays.

Khaleel Mahmood, Head of Commercial Support at VEKA led the initiative having been part of the Nelson Community Masjid (NCM) foodbank since 2019.

Khaleel’s involvement in supporting and helping the foodbanks in the Burnley area began when he read a report outlining that almost half of the children in Pendle live in poverty and since the March 23rd lockdown the local foodbank has fed over 7,000 people which includes 3,000 children.

Khaleel Mahmood, Head of Commercial Support at VEKA, became involved in an initative to help provide food for children when heard that half of the children who live in Pendle were in poverty.

Since then, Khaleel has dedicated much of his time to raise awareness of the foodbanks and help the people that need them.

Khaleel said: “Our donation will mean that over the Christmas holidays we can provide meals every day for 14 days, helping in a small way alleviate some of the pressure families are facing over Christmas.

"The meals will specifically support children experiencing food poverty in the Pendle and Burnley area.

"Working with local foodbanks, and in particular NCM Foodbank over the past year, has shown me the huge pressure some families are under and I wanted to do everything I could to help, including getting VEKA involved.”

Gabriela Hammond, Head of HR at VEKA , said: "At VEKA we see ourselves as part of the community, we’re Burnley through and through.

"The Marcus Rashford campaign highlighted the importance of providing local children with free school meals and we wanted to help."

The VEKA contribution will enable Burnley FC in the Community, the Burnley Community Kitchen Foodbank and the NCM Foodbank to support almost 200 local families and bolster the food parcels with some festive items to bring a little Christmas cheer.