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Charitable Giving Gets Eggstravagant for Easter

April 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore employees make Easter ‘eggstra special’ for their local communities with charitable giving, volunteering and fundraising activities

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A.F. Blakemore Revered at Walsall Council Partner Awards

March 20, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is presented with Bronze Partner Status at the Walsall Works Partner Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Spreads the Word on Responsible Business

February 15, 2018

More than 30 business leaders, council heads and community organisations from across Walsall join together to investigate collaborative ways to address key challenges across the borough

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Colleagues to Donate Food Worth £240 to Food Banks

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is to present two food banks with food worth £240 thanks to colleagues’ generous donations of Christmas gift vouchers

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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£1,294 Raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK

January 29, 2018

Blakemore Wholesale colleagues and customers across the Midlands raise £1,294 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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Colleagues Rally Together for Education Focus Week

November 30, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme took place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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Colleagues Celebrate Hair-raising Halloween

November 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have a ghoulishly good Halloween with a whole host of spooktacular fundraisers

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Blakemore Colleagues Inspire Young People at Sikh Ethos School

October 26, 2017

Graduates from A.F. Blakemore inspire the next generation of students at the Khalsa Academy in Wolverhampton as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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SPAR Tenbury Wells Supports Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

October 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR Tenbury Wells has supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal by collecting and donating over 350 bottles of water from local residents.

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Blakemore Trade Partners Colleagues Take On ‘100’ Challenges

October 12, 2017

Blakemore Trade Partners colleagues have raised more than £5,000 by taking part in a series of unusual and challenging ‘100’ themed fundraisers to mark A.F. Blakemore’s centenary

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Middlesbrough Cash & Carry Colleagues Get Messy for Teesside Hospice

October 11, 2017

Four employees from Blakemore Wholesale, Middlesbrough took part in a 5K Colour Race in aid of Teesside Hospice

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Blakemore Foundation Helps Coffee Morning Success

October 10, 2017

Blakemore employees have donated more than £1,500 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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Road Safety Week 2017: Schools Needed

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is looking for secondary schools across the West Midlands, South Wales and Hastings area to take part in Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 03, 2017

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild win big at this year’s Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Colleague Conquers Epic Bike Ride for Prince’s Trust

October 03, 2017

Blakemore Fresh Foods colleague Julie Cross recently embarked upon a 969 mile bike ride from Land’s End, Cornwall to John o’ Groats, Scotland, to raise almost £3,000 for the Prince’s Trust.

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100th Anniversary Charity Birthday Party Raises £86,000 for Good Causes

September 29, 2017

On September 1st, colleagues across England and Wales took part in 300 celebratory events at stores and depots across the company’s trading area

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SPAR St Fagans Raises Over £30,000 for NSPCC

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR St Fagans in Cardiff raises a huge £30,379 for the NSPCC

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Community Engagement Report 2016/17 Out Now

August 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore publishes its Community Engagement Report for 2016/17

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Colleagues Fundraise £6,400 for Bradley Lowery Foundation

August 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues don their favourite football shirts in aid of ‘Cancer Has No Colours’

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Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 31, 2017

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Goes Green for Environmental Focus Week

July 05, 2017

As part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business, colleagues across A.F. Blakemore have taken part in the company’s first ever Environmental Focus Week

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Colleagues Complete Sponsored Walk for Kidney Wales

June 19, 2017

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore’s Talbot Green depot embarked upon an 11 mile Walk for Life to raise over £1,600 for Kidney Wales.

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Hastings Logistics Colleagues Raise £4,000 for Local Hospice

May 31, 2017

Colleagues from A.F. Blakemore’s Hastings depot tackle a 16-mile walk to raise more than £4,000 for a hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea

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Blakemore Trade Partners Supports South Wales Youth Project

May 26, 2017

An army of 40 volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners has donated 520 hours of employee time supporting a youth project in South Wales

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Blakemore Employees Roll Up Sleeves for Give & Gain Day 2017

May 19, 2017

26 employee volunteers from across A.F. Blakemore donated their time to making a positive difference to local communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering

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Blakemore Colleagues Show Eggceptional Easter Support for Local Good Causes

April 19, 2017

Easter comes early for local good causes across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area with an ‘eggs-plosion’ of colleague charitable giving and fundraising

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Llanharry Raise £2,000 for Life-saving Defibrillators

April 07, 2017

A Blakemore Retail SPAR store in Llanharry is saving lives by fundraising £2,000 for a Welsh heart charity.

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A.F. Blakemore Launches 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

April 05, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating its centenary with a charitable giving scheme offering one-off community grants worth £1,917 to good causes across the company’s trading area

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Blakemore Colleagues Join Forces to Help Local Good Cause

April 03, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from Blakemore Retail and Blakemore Trade Partners donate more than 250 hours of employee time to supporting a local community allotment

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Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail joins forces to help local good cause

March 13, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from across Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail have donated more than 250 hours of employee time to support a local community allotment.

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2017 Responsible Business Report Out Now

February 28, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has published its 2017 Responsible Business Report

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Blakemore Branching Out Calls for Reading Volunteers

February 24, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s new community programme, Blakemore Branching Out, is looking for colleagues to take part in reading volunteering at primary schools across the company’s trading area

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Blakemore Branching Out Completes First School-Based Activity

January 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out community programme completes its first engagement activity in a West Midlands school

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Employability Programme

January 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore launches a new community programme to inspire, engage and motivate young people into the world of work

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Blakemore Retail SPAR stores support the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.

December 23, 2016

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail made it their mission to help the disadvantaged this Christmas by collecting £1,500 worth of stock in store for the homeless.

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Blakemore Fine Foods Donates 50 Christmas Gifts

December 20, 2016

Blakemore Fine Foods colleagues brighten up Christmas for children in their local community by donating 50 gifts

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Road Safety Week Reaches Out to 900 Schoolchildren

November 29, 2016

More than 900 pupils from across the West Midlands are educated on the rules of the road as part of Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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Halloween Spooktacular

November 02, 2016

A.F. Blakemore colleagues get into the spirit of Halloween with a whole host of spooky-themed fundraising activities

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Blakemore Employees Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

September 30, 2016

Blakemore employees donate more than £1,500 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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Blakemore Retail Recognised with Five Retail Industry Awards

September 30, 2016

Blakemore Retail scoops five category wins and one commendation at the prestigious Retail Industry Awards

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Summer of Fundraising Supports More Good Causes

September 01, 2016

A.F. Blakemore employees brighten up local communities with a sensational array of summer fundraisers

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Supports CarFest

August 30, 2016

Blakemore Fresh Foods supports CarFest for BBC Children in Need

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A.F. Blakemore Opens Doors to Work Experience Students

August 29, 2016

A.F. Blakemore opens its doors to 23 work experience students over the summer as part of its Work Inspiration Programme

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Eight Stores Join Forces to Transform Rhosddu Church

August 26, 2016

A team of 23 Blakemore Retail volunteers renovates St James church in Rhossdu to prepare it for use as a community food bank

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes Intern from SPAR Italy

August 24, 2016

A.F. Blakemore welcomes an intern from SPAR Italy to the company on an 11-week work placement

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Future Sports Stars Battle It Out at Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

July 28, 2016

Football fever descends on the Black Country this summer for the Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

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Blakemore Retail Crowned Regional Corporate Partner of the Year

July 13, 2016

Blakemore Retail has been recognised as Corporate Partner of the Year in the West Midlands at the NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards 2016.

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Community Celebrations Commemorate Queen’s 90th

June 27, 2016

Blakemore employees across England and Wales lay on a host of royal celebrations in their local communities to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

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Blakemore Employees Support Largest National Day of Volunteering

May 24, 2016

One hundred Blakemore employee volunteers donate more than 800 work hours to Give & Gain Day 2016

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Foodservice Wakefield Takes On Biggest Community Project Yet

May 04, 2016

Blakemore Foodservice colleagues get digging, donating more than 100 hours to a local community centre

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London Marathon Fundraising Tops £14,000

April 29, 2016

Four A.F. Blakemore employees raise more than £14,000 for charity by running the London Marathon

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Name That Programme: New Community Competition

March 29, 2016

Name A.F. Blakemore’s new community programme and win a £20 gift voucher of your choice

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Easter Giving Eggstravaganza

March 29, 2016

A.F. Blakemore employees put the ‘spring’ into Easter with a boost of charitable giving

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Christmas Inspires Blakemore Festive Bonanza

December 23, 2015

Employees brighten up their local communities with festive fundraisers and volunteering events in aid of local good causes

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A.F. Blakemore Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

September 26, 2015

Keen bakers from across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area put their culinary skills to the test by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Finance Volunteers Lend Helping Hand to Local Food Bank

March 02, 2015

Four members of staff from A.F. Blakemore’s Willenhall Finance team help prepare food packages for The Well Foodbank

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Blakemore’s Spreads Christmas Cheer

December 29, 2014

Employees brighten up their local communities with festive fundraisers and volunteering events in aid of local good causes

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Community Volunteering Soars Over Summer

September 01, 2014

Employees have donated more than 1,500 hours to community activities since July

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SPAR Romsley donates £681 to Romsley Parish Council

August 27, 2014

SPAR independent retailers Jag and Raji Purewal donated £681 to Romsley Parish Council from food and drink sales following the Romstock Festival and a match fund from the Blakemore Foundation.

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Blakemore Employees Support Wig Wednesday

May 29, 2014

Employees from across A.F. Blakemore have raised more than £500 for CLIC Sargent by taking part in Wig Wednesday.

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Blakemore Volunteers Team Up to Support Holiday Hotel for Elderly

April 16, 2014

A.F. Blakemore’s IT department spruce up a charity-run hotel for the elderly as part of its commitment to the community

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One Thousand Mile Swim Challenge

April 01, 2014

Blakemore Trade Partners’ Paul Vinnell swims 1000 miles in 1000 days in aid of Cancer Research UK

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