Blakemore donates thousands to those in need

Local hospitals, care homes, food banks and charities are among the good causes to benefit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Colleagues from Blakemore Foodservice Darlaston depot and Blakemore Retail SPAR stores have made 304 donations of goods worth £15,350 and a further £10,568 in monetary support to local good causes through the company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation.

Hundreds of front-line NHS workers have been supported by the donation of essential goods to a number of hospitals including Peterborough City Hospital, Sheffield Northern General Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, Barnsley Hospital and University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Blakemore Retail SPAR employees donated products to create essential care packages given to care homes, food banks and volunteer groups across England and Wales. The donations have supported the isolated, elderly and those most vulnerable in causes including Chirk Court Care Home, Grimsby Food Kitchen and the Black Country Food Bank.

Children and families were also beneficiaries as donations of Easter eggs and craft materials were given to Easter ‘social distancing’ street parties and schools open for keyworkers’ children.

The thousands of pounds in monetary support went to 90 emergency appeals and good causes, including St David’s Hospice in Caernarfon, St John Ambulance, the YMCA, Aspire and Compton Care, to enable charities to maintain services for local people during these uncertain times.

A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter said: “During these extraordinary times, it is heart-warming to know that communities are helping one another where they can.

“I am so proud of colleagues supporting their local community and all the community relationships that continue to grow as a result.”

A.F Blakemore coronavirus Foodbank NHS retail Spar wholesale