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£58,000 Donated by A.F. Blakemore During Covid-19 Crisis

May 28, 2020

Charitable giving

Charitable donations awarded by A.F. Blakemore colleagues to good causes in local communities during the coronavirus crisis have now reached a value of £58,000.

Colleagues from across the business have all been supporting good causes across England and Wales via the company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation.

Donations of essential groceries have been awarded to numerous food banks, soup kitchens and volunteer groups supporting vulnerable people. Meanwhile, donations of bottled water and treats have been given to hundreds of frontline key workers in hospitals, schools and care homes.

To date, 709 in-kind donations have been awarded, to a value of £40,441. Some of the recent beneficiaries include Pontypridd Food Bank, Grimsby Food Kitchen, Droitwich Community Pantry, Cae Glas Nursing Home, William De Yaxley Primary School and Royal Gwent Hospital.

Next week £1,000 worth of meat from Blakemore Fresh Foods will be going out to support food banks and refuges in the West Midlands. Good causes include NTCG Harvest Temple, Good Shepherd, The Well, Walsall Outreach and Black Country Women’s Aid.

As well as goods, the Blakemore Foundation has donated almost £18,000 in monetary aid to 165 good causes. The monies donated will help charities to sustain and replenish funds for vital specialist services. Some of these services include Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team, Friendship at Home Cleethorpes, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Walsall Cardiac Rehabilitation Trust.

Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter commented: "The Blakemore Foundation has supported almost 900 different good cause so far during this crisis.

“We hope that backing from the Blakemore Foundation has enabled much-loved charities to continue their amazing work and voluntary groups to support those in need.

“I also hope that this good work inspires others to give their support to their local community and lend a hand to the most vulnerable and elderly during these uncertain times.”

On top of donations processed via the Blakemore Foundation, colleagues across the business have also been arranging additional donations for good causes.

In April, Category Controller Nicola Waters from the Trading department in Talbot Green helped co-ordinate a donation of confectionery worth more than £3,700 for a project set up in Tonyrefail to help feed vulnerable children who would have been in receipt of a free school meal before the coronavirus pandemic closed schools down. Suppliers kindly contributed towards all the stock given away.

Here are just a few of the thank you messages received on social media: 

Thank you messages

Pictured above:

Blakemore Foodservice provided a donation of orange juice to staff at Walsall Manor Hospital. 

SPAR Aldridge provided a £100 in-kind donation to Ablewell Advice for their food bank, which supports people in Walsall. Acting manager Callum is modelling their purchases! 


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