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.
Seven Blakemore Retail Spar stores signed up to the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal’s goods collection following Area Manager Donna Cooper’s show of interest.
Over the festive period, collection baskets were made available to customers and staff in all seven Spar stores: Batchley, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Fernhill Heath, Kidderminster, Tenbury Wells and Warndon. The response from the local community was unbelievable, with an estimated £1,500 collected in-store. Donations included food, drink, gloves, scarves, socks and toiletries.
Blakemore Retail’s collection has helped the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to raise an eye-watering 3.5 tonnes of stock altogether with other collection points. The charity and volunteers have then sorted these goods into Christmas shoeboxes and gift bags to help the disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless this Christmas.
In addition to this, the company’s charitable trust the Blakemore Foundation has awarded a further £1,260 to the charity via its employee match funding. This will help the charity to purchase further supplies in the colder months, such as sleeping bags, blankets, socks and tents.
Blakemore Retail area manager and organiser, Donna Cooper, commented: “To see colleagues’ enthusiasm for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal was amazing. It is the first year our Blakemore Retail Spar stores have ever done something like this and I am pleased to say it was a massive success.
“Christmas is a time for giving and I for one am proud to have helped make a difference to those less fortunate. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and generosity of our extremely loyal customers and kind-hearted employees – thank you!!”
Worcestershire Homeless Appeal said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported our 2016 Christmas Appeal. We have been overwhelmed, stuck for words and even had a tear in our eye by the generosity of so many warm hearted people, we feel humbled by your support.
“Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for those affected by homelessness and your kind donations will help us to continue to provide support to the homeless and vulnerable during these difficult times and winter months across Worcestershire.
“From the bottom of our hearts a very big thank you, Merry Christmas to you and your families and a very happy new year.”