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Law firm supports Bournemouth Foodbank with FOC services and food donation


Trethowans, one of Bournemouth’s leading law firms, has supported Bournemouth Foodbank as part of its commitment to CSR and the local area, by completing all legal work on its new five-year leasehold agreement on a free of charge basis.

The charity, which provides nutritious emergency food and assistance to people in crisis referred to it by support agencies, recently needed to renew the lease on its premises at St. George’s Methodist Church, Haviland Road, Boscombe.

However, the recent food, energy and fuel price rises, combined with the pressures of the ongoing pandemic, mean more people in the area are struggling and the foodbank is in demand, leaving it short of resources.

Trethowans stepped in, reviewing the landlord’s draft leasehold agreement to check it was fit for purpose and negotiate where necessary, as well as making sure Bournemouth Foodbank understood its contents. The lease is now agreed, signed and in force.

Franziska Prosch de Escate, Senior Associate in Trethowans’s Commercial Property team, who undertook the work, said: “We know just how hard the Bournemouth Foodbank works and the vital work that it does, so we were delighted to be able to help them. As a firm, we are deeply invested in and care about our local community.” 

Trethowans also made a collection of food items from people in its Bournemouth office and donated it to the charity.

Debbie Coombes, Project Director at Bournemouth Foodbank, added: “We want to thank Trethowans for providing its services free of charge. The team helped us navigate the long process of agreeing our new lease and we are thrilled to announce it has now been finalised. St. George’s Methodist Church will be instrumental to our future growth and new projects.

“We strive to work with local businesses that want to support our work, helping to bring the community together towards a future where food banks are no longer needed.”

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