Grantham Sainsbury’s fund-raising and food collections for their charity of the year Grantham Passage, has enabled the provision of an estimated 10,000 more meals this year to the homeless and poverty-stricken.
Store manager Debbie Wright announced: “Sainsbury’s customers and colleagues have been fund-raising for Grantham Passage throughout the year, and have raised a total £1,932. This is on top of paying for new double glazed windows for their new building. We also want to thank all of our generous customers for their food donations to Grantham Passage at the front of our store - they have donated about £2,500 worth of food.” Furthermore through organised bag-packing sessions, another £500 has been raised.
Chair of Grantham Passage and its umbrella organisation Grantham Poverty Concern, Ruby Stuckey, said: “We want to thank Sainsbury’s and their customers for their generosity. They have also helped raise awareness of our existence in Grantham and the work that we do to help the homeless.”
Fellow Grantham Passage volunteer Mike Monaghan of Grantham Passage added that he believes the food contributions have enabled them to serve 10,000 more meals over the course of the year during their daily breakfast sessions.
The fund-raising has boosted their fund to create an outreach centre behind St Mary’s Chruch on North Parade, where the new windows paid for by Sainbury’s have already been installed.
Inside they plan to install a kitchen, showers, washing machines and computers, to provide hot meals, cleaning facilities, as well as assistance with job and benefit applications.
The charity continues to call on any local businesses or tradesman to help them with the conversion, and is in vital need of a volunteer who can spare some time to apply for further funding, to ensure the project becomes a reality.
If you help in anyway contact Grantham Passage’s Mike Monaghan on 564809.