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Volunteer Star: Neel Radia

Neel's first contact with The Food Chain was when he bravely joined us for carol singing at Euston station. As our merry band sung with more gusto than talent we knew then he was willing to go the extra mile!

Neel became a regular kitchen assistant, first at Highbury and then at King's Cross, and then, when we were short, he took on the role of supervisor - filling the kitchen with fun and smiles, as well as organisation.

In 2013 he helped to organise a terrific volunteer party and was quickly recruited to Fundraising Events Working Group! Helping to find venues, choose menus, lighting, fundraising ideas and always at the end of the phone when we needed him he was a real Volunteer Star! Our thanks go to Neel for all that he has done this year, and helping us to raise over 33,000 at the Silver Apple Soiree.

Neel says:

I have been a volunteer with the Food Chain for nearly 3 years now and first heard about the Food Chain from friends who use to volunteer. What inspired me to join was the direct contribution I could make to the welfare of individuals living with HIV and their dependents in London and what better way than through good nutritional support.

My involvement started with helping in the Highbury (now King Cross) Kitchen as kitchen assistant and soon progressed to include helping to organise the volunteers thank you evenings, money collections, cake sales and more recently the 25th anniversary Soiree and other fund raising activities.

The Food Chain and the work being done is extraordinary. The dedication of its staff and volunteers, pro-active support, energy and passion in helping others is something to be admired. As a volunteer I am proud to be a part of the Food Chain family and look forward to supporting the Food Chain in years to come.