Since December 2015 waste management company Grundon have been working in partnership with the Oxford Food Bank and supporting us in a variety of ways. One of the most important of these is their fundraising activities, which are continuing throughout 2016, and which so far have seen an impressive total of £5,400 passed on to us.
On the 6th July the success of this joint project was recognised by a team of Grundon and OFB representatives (seen above enjoying the hospitality) being invited along to the ‘mrw National Recycling Awards 2016’ at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in the swankiest depths of Central London. We had impressed the panel of judges sufficiently to be one of eight projects shortlisted for the ‘Food Waste Initiative – Private Sector’ award.
An impressive dinner kicked off the event (no sign of any marmite crisps past their ‘best before’ date) complete with a soundtrack of 70s and 80s hits, and an odd drink or two helped to settle any nerves and keep the conversation flowing. Then all of a sudden the food was all gone and the awards ceremony started. We didn’t have long to wait as we were vying for the third award of the night. The shortlisted projects were read out by compere (and ex-England rugby player plus Dancing on Ice champion) Kyran Bracken followed shortly by the all important words “and the winner is…”.
Unfortunately for us it wasn’t our name that was read out next. Another close thing, but following our runners-up slot for the OCVA Awards ‘Green Charity of the Year’ a few months ago this seems to be turning into OFB’s year of being ‘nearly award winners’.
Oh well, a good time was had by all and it was certainly nice to get as far as the shortlist, which was a significant achievement in itself. As the award ceremony drew to a close we headed off back to Oxford and normality.
After a rather late night out (possibly involving a touch too much alcohol) it was back to work (bleary-eyed, and in slightly more casual clothes) the next morning where some slightly squishy strawberries needed sorting out and a van loading up to get the OFB show on the road again.