Mutual benefit

The Felix Project was set up in 2016 in memory of Felix Byam Shaw by his parents, Justin and Jane, following his death from meningitis aged just 14. The charity rescues surplus food that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste from suppliers and retailers. It then passes it on to over 350 front-line charities, primary schools and holiday programmes across London, from depots in Park Royal and Enfield.

Since ‘lockdown’, the work of the Felix Project has expanded to include deliveries to borough hubs for onward distribution to the homes of those designated as vulnerable. The number of suppliers has also expanded and has included Greene King, who delivered several pallets of meat and dairy products that had been heading to their pubs.

Another welcome contribution came from the recently started Friendship Brewery who donated 25 crates of their Heist lager which had been decanted from a keg into bottles following the cancellation of an order from a pub.

The guys from Friendship Brewery donating beer

The Felix Project was one of the two designated charities at last year’s Ealing Beer Festival and CAMRA’s West Middlesex branch recently presented them with a cheque for £1,059. The cheque is being presented by David Bender to the Project’s CEO Mark Curtin. David is also driving the fork lift truck in the picture above. David is one of a number of CAMRA members who volunteer for the project as drivers, co-drivers or warehouse assistants. This was how the charity came to have a stall at the 2019 Ealing Beer Festival, in exchange for providing the food for the lunches for the festival volunteers during setup.

Roy Tunstall, CAMRA’s Greater London Regional Secretary, is also a regular volunteer and commented, “It’s great that a not for profit organisation like CAMRA is supporting a charity helping to feed the vulnerable in the local community in a mutually beneficial way.”

Felix Project volunteers at the Ealing Beer Festival

The other designated charity was the Cancer Treatment and Research Trust (CTRT), who also received a cheque for £1,059 in memory of West Middlesex branch’s former chair and festival organiser, the much missed Alex Kovacevic.

Roy Tunstall