WILKO, Ashton, has donated more than £700 of essential items in support of local homeless charity We Shall Overcome to mark the homes and garden retailer’s 90th birthday.
We Shall Overcome was established by Ashton landlady Pauline Town who runs a daily packed lunch service for up to 50 homeless people from her pub, The Station.
Pauline relies entirely on donations to provide lunches and essential toiletries for those who have found themselves homeless, and the wilko donation of snacks and everyday health and personal care products will help her to continue to run this service.
Pauline has been celebrated throughout Greater Manchester for her tireless work in helping the homeless, winning a Pride of Manchester Award last year and has since had a homeless shelter named in her honour in recognition of her work
Jerome Saint-Marc, wilko CEO, said: “Our team members are the beating heart of our stores and have helped make wilko a high street hub for Britain over the last nine decades.
“This donation, organised by our fantastic team in Ashton, is one of many projects that we’re undertaking locally to support hardworking families, communities and vulnerable individuals up and down the country as part of our 90th birthday celebrations.
“We truly appreciate the support of our customers and look forward to what the next 90 years hold for our business, which will continue focusing on creating helpful, solution-focused products that free up time so that our shoppers and their families can be the best that they can be.”
Wilko has undertaken extensive community work this year with a particular focus on supporting those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
Activity has included everything from launching a £125,000 community fund, donating thousands of products to families in need and NHS staff and enabling members of its worksop support centre staff to volunteer for a helpline for elderly people who may have felt isolated.
• For more information on wilko and its 90th birthday celebrations, visit: wilko.com