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How Wilko is helping Nottinghamshire causes during coronavirus crisis

Posted onPosted on 9th Apr

Retailer, wilko, and its staff are coming together to offer support, products and funds to causes, frontline key workers, families and the elderly in Nottinghamshire during the coronavirus crisis.

One element of this support includes the retailer’s distribution centre in Worksop donating more than 92,000 Easter eggs to NHS teams across the country and closer to home in areas including the Bassetlaw and Sherwood Forest health trusts to enjoy over the Easter weekend.

Wilko is also working with Nottingham Forest in the Community and Nottinghamshire County Council to distribute a bumper batch of essential non-food stock and a further 13,000 Easter eggs that can be given to those in need via Age UK Nottingham, YMCA Nottingham and other local food banks, schools and charities that support the elderly and vulnerable or isolated individuals and their families.

An additional partnership with the Notts Business Improvement District has provided essential items to a number of good causes, including food banks close to Wilko’s Worksop distribution centre. Other donations include providing more than 1,000 Easter eggs to local schools and nurseries, plus essential items to Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service and Babworth Animal Rescue and Kennels.

To kickstart a volunteering effort, wilko’s Worksop support centre team members will work with the Alzheimer’s Society to help run its services that provide regular check-in calls to people who may feel especially isolated or lonely during the national lockdown.

Jerome Saint-Marc, wilko CEO, said: “We know that this crisis is hitting those who were already vulnerable the hardest, so we’re focusing our community work particularly on families and the elderly, ensuring they have access to essential non-food items.

“We’re so grateful to the NHS staff and frontline key workers up and down the country who are working tirelessly to keep the nation safe, and hope our small gesture of Easter eggs will bring a little joy during these testing times.

“We’re incredibly proud of, and thankful to our team members across the entire business who have done a phenomenal job ensuring hardworking families have access to the products they need. We appreciate the extra mile they’re going to, while supporting fantastic causes and our communities here in our Nottinghamshire heartland.”