Dimitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, has donated to the foodbank (Image: Imperium Investments)
By Charlotte Gosling
- 08:47, 26 MAY 2020
- UPDATED09:08, 26 MAY 2020
Runnymede Civic Centre in Surrey has received donations from the British company Imperium Investments and its CEO Dmitry Leus
A kind-hearted CEO has donated to a local foodbank to help the most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dimitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, as well as a philanthropist and patron of Saint George’s Hospital Charity and HealthProm charity, was invited to visit the Runnymede Foodbank by councillor Nigel King (Conservative) of the Runnymede Joint Committee.
Mr Leus made donations to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund and his donation will be used to support the crucial work of the Foodbank.
Runnymede Borough Council has recently secured a central facility that will be used to store large quantities of food including canned food and other non-perishable food.
The deliveries of these items to many vulnerable residents of Runnymede will be coordinated from their website.
Councillor Parshotam Sohi, Mayor of Runnymede, in his appeal during the coronavirus crisis, said: “There are now thousands of residents in Runnymede who have been forced to self-isolate due to their vulnerability as well as increasing numbers suffering from economic hardship.
“These people will be in great need of our help over the coming weeks for some of the most basic needs including access to food.
“We are working closely with local voluntary groups and charities, like the Runnymede food bank, and it is likely that the relief effort from this site will be ramped up further if Surry County Council uses some of the space to coordinate the vulnerable the support to vulnerable residents across Surrey. All this effort will cost money.”
The Mayor added: “If the national lockdown continues for many weeks or maybe longer, the Runnymede Civic Centre is going to need to purchase foodstuffs and other essentials in large quantity- and quickly – and on an ongoing basis.
“We are living in very challenging times and so I am making a direct appeal to those residents in our borough who are most financially able and whose income has not been affected by the virus to make a donation if they can to the Mayor of Runnymede Charitable Fund.
“In addition to money already made available to Runnymede FoodBank by the Council, this will help us to purchase the foodstuffs that we need to get our vulnerable residents – and quickly.”
He went on to thank Dmitry Leus for his contribution: “My grateful thanks for your donation to the Runnymede food bank which provided 40,000 meals in 2019 and supported count thousands of vulnerable residents in the borough. The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the most difficult challenges to test us in peacetime but the community spirit being shown is shining through.”
Councillor Nigel Kind added: “On behalf of the Runnymede Foodbank, I wanted to offer our gratitude to Dmitry Leus for his generous donation. The money donated by Imperium Investments has proven critical in our ability to provide food for the most vulnerable people within our community during the COVID crisis.
“Working with Dmitry has allowed the Foodbank to purchase food from the wholesale market ensuring a consistent supply of the products we need. His support has been invaluable in our efforts to help those most in need of assistance.”
To donate to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund to help during the COVID-19 situation and support relief efforts, please contact Councillor Nigel King on 07875020258 or email@example.com