Thanks to an excellent fundraising year, GroceryAid has paid out more than £900,000 to beneficiaries this winter. In what can be a very difficult time of year for many, the extra support will help those in need get through the winter cold.
Alongside the regular quarterly payment, beneficiaries received an additional £100 to manage winter fuel costs. Beneficiaries with dependents also received £150 for each child, with the charity helping a total 240 children. The generous support of companies has once again ensured that every beneficiary will be sent a voucher hamper, this year worth up to £64 per hamper.
“I was struggling with rent arrears and with your help managed to clear it before the promised date. We won’t have much this Christmas but we will have peace, love and each other. After all that is what Christmas is actually about! So a massive thank you to all of my “angels without wings” at GroceryAid.”
In addition to this financial support, Christmas outings have been taking place across the country for more than 700 beneficiaries. These outings range from theatre trips to lunches and provide vital social interaction and an enjoyable day out to celebrate the festive season.
One beneficiary at a recent outing commented; “Before going to your Christmas lunch I hadn’t been to any social gathering for six years. I had a great time and met some new faces, thank you so much.”
Don’t forget the confidential GroceryAid Helpline is available online and via freephone 24/7, including Christmas and New Year! Your industry charity is able to help anyone in the grocery industry, regardless of length of service, across a wide range of subjects, from financial to personal issues. Visit www.groceryaid.org.uk or call 08088 021122.