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Food Bank Donation Programme to help Age UK Northamptonshire support older people across the county

Posted: 28/04/20 by Age UK Northamptonshire

Food Bank Donation Programme to help Age UK Northamptonshire support older people across the county

Age UK Northamptonshire has been successful in securing a donation of £1,500 from B&M’s £1m food bank donation programme. The scheme was set up by the retailer to enable essential groceries to reach struggling members of the community, quickly and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic.

B&M has over 670 stores across the country, each has been authorised to provide a local food bank with a £1,500 donation, so that they can buy essential groceries, cleaning products and toiletries for those who need it the most.

Towcester’s B&M store made their donation to Age UK Northamptonshire, who are supporting the county’s most vulnerable older people. Since 17th March, the charity has cooked and delivered a staggering 1600 hot meals and made in excess of 400 shopping trips.

The locally registered and funded charity have had generous donations of money and groceries from businesses, schools, community groups and individuals, each one enabling the charity to keep supporting those in need.

Fern Overton, Age UK Northamptonshire’s day care & transport service manager said: “Donations like this are invaluable to our efforts. Our charity shops have closed and our paid-for services such as domestic care and day centres have all ceased because of Coronavirus. This means that donations are essential in keeping older people who are isolating, safe and well.”

Age UK Northamptonshire are welcoming donations via their Just Giving page and all the money raised is being used specifically to support older people in Northamptonshire during the COVID-19 pandemic: justgiving.com/campaign/coronavirusappealAgeUKNorthamptonshire

The charity is also taking donations of essential food items which can be dropped off at the Venton Centre, York Road, Northampton, NN1 5QG. To arrange safe drop off, email fundraising@ageuknorthants.org.uk or call 01604 604500. Outside of business hours please contact 07900 228 057.

Chris Duff, Age UK Northamptonshire’s chief executive said: “We want to say a huge thank you to B&M Towcester and everyone who has donated so far. We have moved our thinking away from the food, grocery and medication deliveries being a short-term ‘emergency’ service, as we can see that older people in Northamptonshire will need on-going support, even after lockdown. Donations from our community are even more important at this difficult time and we are extremely grateful to all who have supported our work.”

More information about Age UK Northamptonshire’s services can be found at www.ageuk.org.uk/northamptonshire or by calling 01604 611200.

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