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Blakemore Foundation Donates £55,000 to Christmas Community Activities

December 17, 2021

Christmas present wrapping

A.F. Blakemore’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, has donated circa £55,000 to more than 1,200 Christmas activities in communities across the company’s trading area over the festive period.

The support has been given via food and drink donations from the company’s SPAR stores and also monetary donations.

Just a few of the good causes that have benefitted include Russells Hall Hospital Children's Ward, Elstead Parish Council’s Community Christmas, Pinchbeck East C of E Primary School, Burton Closes Hall Care Home in Bakewell, Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester, Maesbrook Care Home in Shrewsbury, RNLI Conwy, the Arts Factory in Ferndale, Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol, Shiloh Rotherham, South Wales Mountain Rangers, Breakspeare Community Preschool in Abbots Langley, Llanharan Pantry, Lingwood Primary Academy, Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham, Lickey End First School in Bromsgrove and The Salvation Army Aberystwyth.

Colleagues have also got involved in a number of community volunteering events during the festive period, donating circa 30 hours of work time to good causes.

In the West Midlands, HR’s Donna Cooper supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal, while members of AFB’s IT and Responsible Business teams volunteered their time to a Christmas present wrapping project for Excel Church in Wolverhampton and its numerous community groups, which include a playgroup, senior citizens' lunch club and youth club. 

The church's playgroup team leader, Esther, commented: "Thank you so much for kindly donating and taking the time to wrap selection boxes for the children at our Noah's Ark stay and play group. We had two lovely Christmas parties today and gave out your selection boxes to all of the children and families that attended. They were received with much excitement and appreciation. Thank you again for your generosity."

In Blakemore Retail, colleagues from David Garside’s store area volunteered their time to providing a Christmas dinner at Lighthouse Homes, which offers accommodation to the homeless. Colleagues from SPAR Hillsborough took part in a project to support Home Alone at Christmas.  

Meanwhile, A.F. Blakemore’s Bedford distribution depot supported a charity in its local area, KidsOut, with the storage of circa 120 pallets of toys. The charity supports thousands of disadvantaged children across the UK.

Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter said: "Thank you to everyone who has supported a good cause via the Blakemore Foundation or volunteered time to their local community this Christmas.

“Once again we have surpassed last year in terms of the number of good causes supported during the festive season.

“With the ongoing pandemic, many charities and community groups continue to face challenges with fundraising, so they are incredibly grateful for help from businesses like ours.

“Thank you to all the Blakemore Retail colleagues who have helped process food and drink donations in our stores – you really are helping to keep SPAR at the hearts of our local communities.”

Community Volunteering Evaluation Form Reminder

Any colleagues who have taken part in a volunteering activity should fill out AFB’s Employee Volunteering Evaluation Form and email it to Community & Wellbeing Officer Beth Broadhouse ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). This will help the company to log colleagues’ good work and its impact.

Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

Donna Cooper volunteered for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal 

Wrapping project

Colleagues from IT wrapped Christmas presents for Excel Church in Wolverhampton


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