When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Firstly the Chestertons Foundation has donated £20,000 to 10 foodbanks in the London boroughs in which the agency operates - a superb gesture.
Here is a small sample of the responses…
“Our home deliveries to vulnerable clients are in very high demand. We’ve worked out that it costs about £10 per head so your kind donation will assist about 200 clients” - Paddington Foodbank;
“This money will help towards delivering our service to those most in need … we have fed 300 people in the last week alone, we normally serve 350 in a month, so this already shows the rise in demand” – Waterloo Foodbank;
“As our clients are vulnerable we are moving to an unprecedented phase of needing to deliver food parcels to over 500 people per week. This means we will use these funds to ensure we have petrol, parking fees and other ancillary costs to ensure our logistics support those in need for the weeks to come” - Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.
On top of that, Chestertons staff have hand delivered some community outreach cards - these have been sent out to all of the agency’s 450-plus staff across London and they are being encouraged to print them out and drop them through the doors of properties that they think may house isolated or vulnerable people.
Top work Chestertons!
And still in the capital, the mews specialists Lurot Brand is teaming up with businesses in W2 and W9 to deliver leaflets promoting local firms’ delivery services during the lockdown.
The first is a leaflet promoting the delivery services of a terrific local shop called Boulangerie de Paris - it’s a great example of what agencies can do to help local businesses and keep in touch with the community in this time of worry.