Foodbank eggstatic with donation


Employees at National Grid Gas Distribution collect more than 300 Easter eggs for Atherton and Leigh Foodbank

07 Apr 2017

Children and their sweet-toothed mums and dads will share more than 300 Easter eggs donated by staff at the UK’s largest gas distribution network.

Employees of National Grid Gas Distribution rallied for a second year to donate these chocolate treats to Atherton and Leigh Foodbank in Greater Manchester.

Staff donated at five offices: Hollinwood and Worsley, both near Manchester; Hinckley, in Leicestershire; Chesterfield, Derbyshire; and Bootle, Merseyside.

Alison Regan, from National Grid Gas Distribution, said: “This started a few years ago, when I first collected advent calendars for the foodbank. Last year, we also collected Easter eggs and we’ve done that again this year. I’ve worked for this company for 28 years and we’re just like a family. Everybody is happy to support projects like this, as they help the communities we serve.”

Warren Done, project manager at Atherton and Leigh Foodbank, said: “Our foodbank provides emergency provisions, like food and toiletries, to around 100 people every week. It’s great that this donation will help give them a treat too, for the kids and for parents, if they’re chocolate lovers!”

Atherton and Leigh’s foodbank is one of 400 operated by The Trussell Trust. They provide a minimum of three days’ emergency provisions to people referred to them. “We help them with food and the agency that referred them helps with whatever their issue may be,” said Warren.

The foodbank has recently opened a new base in Platt Bridge, and welcomes donations (which can be made at supermarkets in Atherton or Leigh), as well as volunteers to assist with its work.

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Photo: Alison Regan, Warren Done and Edna Fletcher, a volunteer at Atherton and Leigh Foodbank

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National Grid Gas Distribution is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy. We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change. Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency. Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the welsh borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

National Grid Gas Distribution manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999 (All calls are recorded and may be monitored).

National Grid Gas Distribution Ltd is majority owned by a consortium of global investors composed of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (14.5%), CIC Capital (10.5%), Allianz Capital Partners (10.2%), Hermes Investment Management (8.5%), The Qatar Investment Authority (8.5%), Amber/INPP (4.4%) and Dalmore Capital (4.4%).  National Grid plc retains a 39% stake [following the sale of the majority stake completed in March 2017].


Notes to Editors:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

National Grid in the UK:

  • We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain
  • We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
  • Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as Metering, Grain LNG Import, Interconnectors and Property. National Grid Carbon Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid. It undertakes Carbon Capture Storage related activities on behalf of National Grid.

Find out more about the energy challenge and how National Grid is helping find solutions to some of the challenges we face at www.nationalgridconnecting.com

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