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

December 20, 2017


Colleagues from Blakemore Retail made it their mission to help the disadvantaged this Christmas by collecting more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children.

Fifteen Blakemore Retail SPAR stores signed up to support collections for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal and Worcester Vineyard Church’s Growbaby appeal.

Over the festive period, collection baskets for both causes were made available to customers and staff in SPAR stores at Batchley, Bromsgrove, Catshill, Droitwich, Fernhill Heath, Hagley, Kidderminster, Lapwood, Lawnswood, Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Warndon, Wordsley, Wollaston and Wombourne.

The response from local communities has been overwhelming, with support exceeding all previous collection appeals hosted in stores. Donations consisted of food, drink, gloves, scarves, socks and toiletries for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal and nappies, formula milk, clothing, toys and footwear for Growbaby.

Blakemore Retail’s collections have helped the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal and Worcester Vineyard Church’s Growbaby appeal to raise an eye-watering 6.5 tonnes of goods. The goods collected for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal are estimated to be worth almost £10,000, and the goods for Growbaby £5,210.

Volunteers will now sort the goods into Christmas shoeboxes and gift bags to help the disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless this Christmas.

In addition to this, A.F. Blakemore’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, has awarded a further £3,000 to each charity via employee match funding. This will help the charities sustain their support for vulnerable people and help the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to purchase a new hot food van to feed rough sleepers.

Blakemore Retail Area Manager and collection organiser Donna Cooper commented: “I couldn’t believe the level of support given this year; people were donating brand new sleeping bags, prams, boots and toiletry sets. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this appeal an enormous success.

“I was particularly blown away by the colossal collections at Catshill, Bromsgrove, Batchley, Kidderminster and Fernhill Heath.

“All staff really enjoyed supporting the appeals and engaging in local community work. I am so proud that they have gone the extra mile to help support those in need this Christmas and during the difficult coming months.”

Worcestershire Homeless Appeal said: “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of local businesses like Blakemore Retail. We would like to thank each of you, from the bottom of our hearts, who has helped and supported the appeal again this year.

“We are overwhelmed by the kindness and thank the amazing staff at all the SPAR stores who went above and beyond their normal daily duties. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the Blakemore Foundation for their generosity.”

Growbaby added: “We have been blown away by the support from the SPAR stores; we have never had support like this before and it will be a massive help to local families.

“The match funding will go towards a bigger room for the Growbaby mornings and also help with storage costs.

“We would also in particular like to thank Donna Cooper, who it has been a pleasure to meet, and all of the Blakemore Retail store teams.”


Colleagues at SPAR Warndon collect goods for Worcester Vineyard Church’s Growbaby appeal


Colleagues at SPAR Kidderminster collect goods for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal


Blakemore Retail Area Manager Donna Cooper and SPAR Kidderminster colleague Chantal with volunteers from Growbaby


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