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Bengeo charity wins award

Thursday 12 November 2020

A local food charity has won a community award after winners of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were announced  in an online ceremony.

The inews Pivot for Purpose Community Award was won by Cynthia Stroud, who runs Pretty Gorgeous Jams and Jedediah, who provide food parcels for struggling families. 

The charity helps people in Luton, Stevenage, Welwyn, Broxbourne, Ware, Hertford, Tewin, Hatfield and sroounding villages. A Liverpool hub has also been launched to look after the families in the north.

Cynthia is a multi-award winning cake designer and TV food Judge on Food Network and Channel 4. She is also one of the 4 experts on BBC2’s Sweetmakers and was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to business and community in 2017.

Earlier this year her business was put on hold to focus on creating food parcels for those in need. The charity is now delivering 100,000 meals every month to 1,500 families through 47 schools.

Comenting on social medai, Mrs.Stroud said: "Thanks to The Bengeo Club who donate the use of their building, thanks to my neighbours who joined at the start when we were packing on the driveway, thanks to our 61 current volunteers and any in future, thanks to Cllr.Andrew Stevenson for his support at the very start when few people knew what we were doing. Thanks to the Bengeo volunteers who drive their cars using their time and fuel. Thanks to everyone of you. I am so proud of the community I live in. And the generous hearts of people in Bengeo."

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