Whirlpool UK Appliances, parent company of the Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands, has donated appliances to a food bank in Wales to support the vital work done by its staff and volunteers. The food bank at Seion Chapel, in Llandysul, West Wales, says that demand for food parcels increased by 150% throughout May, June and July 2020 compared to the previous year, highlighting the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the livelihood of people living in the area.
In November 2020, the food bank underwent a transformation as part of the television series Prosiect Pum Mil (Five Thousand Pound Project). Each episode sees the renovation of a different community project with a maximum budget of £5,000. The episode aired on Welsh language channel S4C on 22nd December 2020, and featured staff, along with a team of volunteers, working against the clock to transform the food bank into a modernised and vibrant space.
To support the renovation, Whirlpool UK donated a fridge-freezer, cooker hood and freestanding microwave oven. Among the appliances donated was the Hotpoint Class 7 Total No Frost fridge-freezer (H7T 911T MX H), which will provide a suitable place to store fresh ingredients used for feeding those who otherwise would not have access to food. The Hotpoint Supreme Chef multifunction microwave oven (MWH 338 SX) will allow staff and volunteers to prepare nutritious, hot meals for members of the community.
Ian Moverley, public affairs director, Whirlpool UK Appliances, pictured, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical role that community initiatives play in supporting those in need across the country. In light of this, we are delighted to have been able to support the food bank at Seion Chapel. We hope that the donations from Whirlpool UK will support and strengthen the vital work done by the staff and volunteers at the food bank, as well as allowing them to expand the operation and continue to reach more people in need.”