The Birmingham branches of a national repairs and maintenance company have collected donations for the city’s food bank.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships held dress down days throughout January and instead of collecting money asked staff to donate clothes and food parcels, to be taken to Birmingham Central Foodbank.

The firm employs nearly 1,000 people in the West Midlands and is responsible for the upkeep of 60,000 properties for Birmingham City Council.

Employees collected nine bags of clothing worth almost £400 and 230kgs of food.

Mick Williamson, managing director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, said: “This is very much part of our ethos called Transforming Communities, which is about how we can make a real, positive difference to the lives of people living locally.

“We want to play an active part in delivering initiatives that leave a real legacy and recently wrote a report, called Transforming Communities, to share ideas and help organisations deliver sustainable growth to help communities through these austere times.”

* Pictured are Willmott Dixon’s Melanie Checkley handing over donations to Patricia Hoskins from Birmingham Central Foodbank