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Hastings charity founder named 24/7 legend

The founder of a charity in Hastings that helps to stop food waste and feed struggling families was honoured at a prestigious London awards ceremony.

From Press releases - 11 December 2017 12:00 AM

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Dominic Warren, a substation fitter at UK Power Networks, was named ‘24/7 Legend’ at the Energy Live News Personality Awards at London Film Museum on Thursday for his work on Dom’s Food Mission, which helps local people living in poverty.

The awards recognise those in the energy industry who care, are driven and larger than life, qualities which Dom has in abundance. Outside work Dom hops behind the wheel of a van, donated by his employer and collects unwanted food from local supermarkets. He delivers it to local charity partners who turn the food into healthy, tasty meals for local people.

He said: “I couldn’t have achieved this without my wife Alex and my amazing team.

“I wanted to do something to stop kids like mine going hungry, right on my doorstep. It’s terrible and shouldn’t be happening. I can’t save the world, but I can make a difference.

“I think about people like me who cannot afford to feed their families. It could be anyone that needs our help from a businessman, who had everything and slowly loses it all, to a company director.”

What started over two years ago with 30 members in a Facebook group, car park donation days and support for food banks grew into established donation points, over 3,200 Facebook members, a website, volunteers and being awarded charity status last year.

The food is taken to shelters, refuges, community centres and local restaurants, which turn the food into meals served to people who are homeless.

Dominic said: “They make phenomenal meals out of the food we provide - roast dinner and fruit jelly. It’s nice knowing we are changing lives.”

UK Power Networks gives staff two days paid leave to volunteer or fundraise in their local communities and Dominic uses the time to develop his charity.

Paul Saunders, Dom’s manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Over the last couple of years Dom has taken his charity from strength to strength, helping those less privileged than us. It’s great that the industry recognises people like Dom and the difference they make to our communities.”