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M&S Bluewater launches food donation scheme for ellenor

News   •   Jul 26, 2016 12:50 BST

Marks & Spencer (M&S) Bluewater has launched a food donation scheme for ellenor, the local hospice charity which supports families facing terminal illness. Any food which cannot be sold to customers, but is still fit for use, is being donated to the kitchen at ellenor Gravesend.

The charity’s volunteer drivers are making daily visits during weekdays to pick up items such as fruit and vegetables, canned goods and biscuits. This not only reduces waste, but helps ellenor to reduce its food bill. During the first two months of the project, the scheme saved ellenor £1256 in catering costs.

“Thank you so much to M&S,” says Tracey Hill, Head of Support Services at ellenor. “It is really fantastic to witness results immediately for ellenor and to see the impact this scheme is making.”From the beginning of this month, Marks and Spencer Bluewater has also started a food donation scheme for ellenor. Any food which cannot be sold to customers, but is still fit for use, is being donated to the kitchen at ellenor Gravesend. Our volunteer drivers are now making daily visits during weekdays to pick up items such as fruit and veg, canned goods and biscuits. This reduces wastage, while also helping us to reduce our food bill.

M&S Bluewater has recently entered into a second two-year partnership with ellenor. The store’s initial partnership ran from April 2014 to April 2016 and raised more than £21,000 – which could pay for two years of physiotherapy classes, including breathlessness, relaxation and low impact exercise classes.

The money was raised through a variety of activities, including bucket collections, raffles, collection pots on tills and a staff bake-off, as well as the amazing support by the popular Buble Brothers who have been performing in-stores raising a massive £2331. The shop also donated unsaleable items that ellenor used as raffle prizes, while M&S paid for the food for the Day Therapy Christmas party last year.

M&S also recently paid for the food used at ellenor’s volunteers’ thank you party, while charity co-ordinator at M&S, Michelle Ansell, has signed-up to do a Tough Mudder challenge for ellenor this year.

“It was important to us that we picked a local charity that we have a connection with,” says Michelle. “Most of our staff at the Bluewater store live in the local area and know about the great work ellenor does. We are delighted to be supporting the charity for another two years.”

Adds Adele Walker, who works as a customer assistant at the Bluewater store: “I’m so pleased that we’ve got ellenor again – they do a fantastic job every day. I lost two very close friends cared for by ellenor in the past two years and they take as much care of family and friends left behind as they do for the patients.”

If your company would like to know more about helping ellenor and the support the charity can give you, call Katherine Mobey on tel: 01474 320007 or drop her an email on: Katherine.mobey@ellenor.org

Comments (1)

    Well done Marks and Spencers, its a super idea to donate to charity, wonderful food,

    - Mrs Sharon Keen - Aug 10, 2016 17:00 BST

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