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This week is the annual Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June 2020), so we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the Hidden Heroes who are volunteering their time to truly make a difference within their local communities.
One of these Hidden Heroes is Corporate Services’ Head of Culinary, Mark Cheetham, who over the past two years has consistently volunteered with Stop Hunger’s charity partner The Trussell Trust, supporting at foodbanks in both Stockport and Manchester. During this time, he has acted as a volunteering advocate by encouraging his team to support monthly volunteer days whilst recruiting other colleagues to volunteer alongside him.
Mark also donates his time to several other local charities including the East Cheshire Hospice who he has built a long-term relationship with over the past four years. He has not only volunteered with the organisation but has also catered for other volunteers at the hospice’s annual Christmas Tree Collection campaign; each year giving up his weekend to cater for over 300 volunteers.
Pictured: Mark and others at the East Cheshire Hospice’s Christma Tree Collection fundraiser
Kate Bowmar, East Cheshire Hospice’s Corporate Fundraiser commented on Mark’s support of the fundraising weekend saying, "On behalf of the hospice, Richard and Pete, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your support at the Christmas Tree Collection last weekend, we really do appreciate you getting up at 5:00am to cook for our 300+ volunteers lunch so thank you so much!”
Over Christmas, Mark and his wife also generously gave up their time to volunteer on Christmas Day, supporting a local charity to feed those who are lonely, vulnerable and homeless. Mark supported the charity by cooking Christmas dinners, serving and clearing plates.
Mark continues his good work by also sharing his valuable culinary skills, previously organising and running a ‘Client Culinary School’. Over the 10-week programme the school’s students learnt a variety of new culinary techniques. At the end of the course Mark organised a charity fundraising dinner for 85 guests, with the culinary students catering for those attending giving them the opportunity to pay it forward and use their newly acquire skills.
We thank all of those across Sodexo, like Mark, who have and continue to support local organisations and charities – you are all demonstrating Sodexo’s values and are our Hidden Heroes making a difference every day.
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