GroceryAid, our industry’s charity, is aiming to help those affected by the widespread flooding in the UK.
December saw the country hit by Storm Desmond, breaking the UK’s two-day total rainfall record as a massive 405mm fell [Met Office stats]. After more than a months’ worth of rainfall in 48 hours, the disruption has continued through December and into the New Year as flooding continues to impact thousands all over the UK.
In what is the busiest time of the year for the grocery industry, staying open was of vital importance to the areas affected. A local store manager in Cumbria whose employees were unable to come into work due to the severe flooding at their homes contacted GroceryAid seeking support for them. After speaking with our welfare team the decision was made to grant the eight employees an immediate one-off crisis grant of £300 each. The grants coming just before Christmas time provided some festive respite in testing times, whilst also allowing them to continue working at the store and provide a vital service to the affected community.
If you, your business or your customers have been affected by flooding and are working, or have worked, in the grocery industry, we may be able to help you.
Please visit www.groceryaid.org.uk to apply for help or call the GroceryAid Helpline 24/7 on 08088 021122.