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Ramsden International helps local DofE programme to support more young people

Grimsby-based wholesale exporter Ramsden International have made a donation of £5,000 to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire, helping to fund the charity’s local Operations Officer.

The work of the Operations Officer is vital in reaching out to more young people in the local area and inspire them to take on the challenge of an Award, supporting and guiding them through their journey, and training the DofE’s growing network of leaders and volunteers.

The donation from Ramsden International was made via supplier Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity, which raises funds from the sale of Co-op and Heritage own label products. The Grimsby exporter nominated the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to receive a donation as CEO Sean Ramsden believes the scheme helps young people to gain vital skills and employability in the future. Ramsden International are passionate about supporting local causes and regularly give back to the community through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) scheme. Based on Adam Smith Street, the third-generation family business export over 24,000 grocery products to more than 650 customers in 133 countries worldwide.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement Award, offering a non-academic qualification at three progressively more challenging levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – that help young people develop vital skills for life and work. They have the largest reach of any UK youth charity and last year over 295,000 young people, aged between 13 – 24, started their Award.

For more than six decades, the DofE has empowered young people to develop skills, to become more confident and resilient, to make new friends and give back to others. It is also renowned for giving young people structure, focus and purpose, supporting mental and physical wellbeing and opening doors when applying for further education or jobs.

Laura Puddefoot-Knaggs, Senior Relationships Manager at the DofE said: “The support we have received from Ramsden International, through MADL, over the last two years has had a significant impact on our ability to reach more young people in Grimsby. Looking ahead, young people face huge challenges following Covid and there has never been a more important time to support young people in the UK.”

For more information about the Making a Difference Locally charity visit or follow @MADLCharity on Facebook or Twitter.