Our recent Big Give Christmas Challenge was generously match funded by Joanne Alexander who passed on a gift from her father’s Will to support FareShare Sussex.

We wanted to share her story and why she chose to support the charity.

In memory of Peter Alexander

“My father, Peter Alexander, was a life-long socialist with deeply-held beliefs about the importance of fairness and equality in society. He lived his life following these principles and served his local London community as a councillor for many years. His work as a union official also helped many people, and was recognised with the award of a BEM (although he wasn’t sure at first whether he should accept it!)

I started volunteering with FareShare in August 2020 and I think my father was almost prouder of me for doing this than for being a teacher!

“I gave him a photo of me next to one of the vans I had started driving, which he framed and put on the mantlepiece. He showed it to everyone who visited and loved hearing about my FareShare Sussex adventures. He read the FareShare Slices magazine and Annual Impact Reports with great interest, sharing my views on what fantastic work the charity does, but also feeling anger that so much good food goes to waste every year and that it takes charities like FareShare Sussex to step in and redirect it to the people who need it most.