During the past twelve months, GroceryAid, the industry’s charity, has spent a record high of £4,384,950 on welfare support, be it financial assistance or through the GroceryAid Helpline, which during the last year has seen more than 7,800 people call in or access the online support. Financial assistance can include regular financial support, one-off grants and emergency payments to assist during a difficult period, the purchase of essential basic items or mobility services. We are delighted that our Carers Programme, which is now in its second year, continues to offer financial and emotional support to around 580 people, assisting almost one fifth to juggle caring responsibilities and employment.
This welfare assistance is only possible due to the ongoing excellent support of our industry, who helped raise a record-breaking £4,694,648 in 2015/16. The regional Branches who had a particularly strong year and raised a record £1,163,335 in funds, emphasising the important role these volunteers play in the success of the charity.
Amongst the high profile fundraising activities were the annual Diamond Ball which raised a record £292,353, the Sporting Heroes Luncheon (£323,334) and the inaugural Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge (£30,255). Companies and individuals also raised money on the charity’s behalf, which amounted to £1,691,447 in 2015/16.
Gillian Barker, GroceryAid director general commented; “I am delighted to report that another great year of industry support has enabled GroceryAid to help even more current and former colleagues in need. We have for the first time in our history helped more than 11,000 grocery colleagues. However, the need for our support has never been greater and we are very thankful that our industry continues to stand behind our work.”