Familes in Suffolk will soon benefit from a joint initiative from Home-Start and Marks and Spencer.
M&S Foodhall Martlesham Heath has confirmed that the newly expanded community organisation will be its charity of the year – starting immediately.
As part of the special partnership, Home-Start will receive any food surplus from M&S, which it can then pass directly on to families supported by the charity around the county.
Within days of confirming the relationship, eight crates of food items had already been provided to Home-Start staff, and distributed to households in Suffolk.
The charity partnership will also include a number of other activities in the coming 12 months, such as in-store fundraising collections, a recruitment event to help secure more volunteers for the organisation, and festive-themed craft sessions for youngsters.
Ella Heeney, fundraising co-ordinator, said: “This is a wonderful partnership for us as a Suffolk charity and we are truly grateful to the staff at M&S for agreeing to help us in this way.
“Given our recent merger, expanding our reach across the county, it is more important than ever that we fundraise, that we increase our profile, and that we attract more volunteers, so the relationship with M&S is really timely for us.”
Ashley Mills, Store Manager of M&S Foodhall Martlesham Heath, said: “Home-Start Suffolk does a fantastic job of supporting people in the local community and we’re thrilled to contribute to such a great cause. We’re committed to putting customers at the heart of everything we do, and it’s great to know that any food surplus is being used to support such a worthwhile and impactful initiative in the local area.”
Anyone interested in knowing more about how the partnership will work, or in getting involved with Home-Start in Suffolk as a volunteer, should call the team on 01473 621104.