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QVC’s bumper crop for Knowsley Foodbank

by Laura Johnston

Employees based at Knowsley’s QVC have produced a brilliant 70lb worth of organic veg for the Knowsley Foodbank which helps to relieve poverty in the borough and surrounding areas.

The veg has been growing at Q Gardens, the allotment at the QVC site in Kirkby, over the past few months as part of the employee’s pledge to donate 20% of their produce to the Knowsley Foodbank.

Staff set up Q Gardens as a way to enjoy the outdoors, and to benefit their mental health and wellbeing while supporting the local community with the national Pay it Forward campaign. Pay it Forward is an initiative in partnership with the council that encourages people across the country to carry out all kinds of acts of kindness.

QVC Knowsley’s catering provider, Sodexo, as well as the Bistro staff canteen have also been supporting the initiative by donating food waste and coffee grinds for composting. Local contractor, Kevin Jones, has been part of the kind act too and donated a shed to keep tools and equipment in which are used to grow the produce.

The council’s Working Well team has been supporting QVC alongside the company’s Health and Wellbeing programme because of the health benefits associated with gardening. Helping out with the allotment can have positive effects on the employees; studies show just 30 minutes of it can help to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and support positive mental wellbeing in general.

Rachael Egerton, HR Director at QVC UK, said: “QVC is always looking for ways to support the health and wellbeing of employees, as well as support the local community.  Our allotment allows us to do both at the same time!  Gardening is proven to bring fantastic benefits to both physical and mental wellbeing and thanks to our green fingered team members it has resulted in plenty of fresh fruit and veg.  The Pay it Forward movement is the ideal way for us to share our produce with those less fortunate.  We are so pleased to be donating so much fresh produce to local people.”

Knowsley Foodbank CEO, Barry Cooper, said: “We are delighted to accept this fantastic fresh produce from Q Gardens, and we look forward to working with the team at QVC to help bring fresh produce to as many clients as possible.  Thank you for your ongoing support for the Big Help Project, we truly appreciate it.”