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Retail Colleagues Lend a Hand to Food Banks and Homeless Services

September 13, 2022

Food bank volunteering

Colleagues across Blakemore Retail’s estate rallied together to help various good causes supporting people in need during the school summer holidays.

With the help of the Blakemore Foundation over the holiday period, 24 stores gave away £10,615 worth of stock and monetary and voluntary aid to good causes across England and Wales such as food banks, homeless shelters, churches and street kitchens.  

Just some of the good causes included Let Them Eat Cake in Lincoln, Boston Foodbank, Wythenshawe Foodbank, Ignite Life Bristol, Flintshire Foodbank, Reepham Foodbank, Cannock Foodbank, Breaking the Bread Bank Sandwell, Shrewsbury Food Hub, Skegness Storehouse and East Hull Food Bank.

Community & Wellbeing Officer Beth Broadhouse commented: “As the cost-of-living crisis becomes more prominent across the UK, it is more important than ever to be able to give back to those who need it most, so it is great to see so many colleagues keen to help out good causes.”  

Blakemore Retail stores in the North West have also been working on their own project with local food banks, where colleagues in-store have been putting together food parcels to donate to Family and Friends Wrexham, Shrewsbury Foodbank, South Gwynedd Foodbank and West Cheshire Foodbank.

Gwersyllt Store Manager and project leader Laura Williams commented: “This project has made me proud to work for Blakemore Retail.

“The sheer delight it gave to the Family Friends charity was quite emotional, and to leave there knowing we did good for the struggling families and the community was amazing.”

 

Pictured above: Blakemore Retail volunteers at one of the food banks and some of the goodies they donated

 

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