DMSF has received a cash donation raised from recycling plastic and the cost saving initiatives of local providers, from their local community.

The money has been raised as a result of cost savings from recycling plastic cutlery and bottles, and [upon hearing about the difference DMSF is making to the young people in their community], local providers have either not been charging full price on the food they’re giving to DMSF or they’re providing it free of charge.

The driving force behind this initiative was Dougy’s Uptown a family-run Caribbean restaurant that has been in operation in Manchester since 1991, with its clientele stretching as far as Blackpool.

Dougy’s Dennis said: “This is what we’re about. I went to our local suppliers and I said what are you doing to help? What are you doing to give back to your community? These young people are the future. I worked in youth work for a long time, this is important, what you are doing here is important.”

Dennis didn’t hesitate to take action and he provided meals and provision for our young people who would otherwise have gone without. He was able to secure free fruit and discounted drinks that he provided daily.

Where he was able to make savings through the support of local suppliers, he saved the money and on Friday 23 August, the last day of Summer camp, Dennis’ mum presented the Foundation’s CEO, Diane Modahl, with a cheque for £500.

Diane said: “I’m so proud of our local community. Not only is it embracing the worldwide challenge of moving recycling forward, but they’re actively helping support our young people who have all received surplus quality food, including fresh fruit and salad. We’re a charity so it’s vital that we keep costs down and this donation will make a real difference to our capacity to support even more young people. It’s great to see the community working together and how we are all supporting each other.”

It’s estimated that three million children across the UK are at risk of holiday hunger. With 42% of children living below the poverty line across Greater Manchester, a figure that is double the national rate, a significant number of our young people go without adequate nutrition over the school holidays.

In a survey completed by Greater Manchester Poverty Action, it was reported that 59% of children and young people who were approached had experienced holiday hunger.

This is a growing concern, especially in areas that DMSF operate in. This is why it was so important to us that we were able to provide free meals to all the young people who took part in our summer camps across the five weeks.