Natalie Masterson of National Express Coventry is celebrating after recently securing funding of £500 from the National Express Employee Charity Panel which has been donated to the homeless ministry charity, Anesis.
Anesis has been operating for just over two years and their aim is to reach out to homeless people in Coventry and offer them hope.
Natalie, who works in the National Express Coventry travel shop at Pool Meadow bus station, is a keen supporter of the Waste Not Want Not campaign which encourages local businesses and organisations to pledge whatever they can to help the homeless.
Natalie said "Anesis runs a soup kitchen near the bus station and I personally have seen many frantic people queuing for basic food supplies. The numbers of families and individuals reported as homeless in the city has soared by 25% in the last year."
The Coventry travel shop team recently appealed to every National Express employee to donate one item of food towards the Waste Not Want Not Campaign and successfully generated a large quantity of food items to donate to Anesis.
Natalie added "The items donated from our business really helped to support our local community and I am delighted that National Express Employee Charity Panel donated £500 towards Anesis. This funding will help towards the cost of racking that Anesis needs in order to store large amounts of food in a safe environment."
The National Express Coventry travel shop team at Pool Meadow bus station are still acting as a collection point for Anesis and would urge any local residents or visitors to continue donating what they can towards the collections.
The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their charitable work. The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The panel awarded over £20,000 to charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout 2011.