The two leading charities in the grocery food and drink industry – Sweet Charity, the charity for the confectionery trade, and Caravan, the charity for the grocery industry – are merging.
The two charities will run in parallel for a period of time until the retirement of the Sweet Charity director general, Patrick Davis, and have begun a consultation process on combining their work.
Patrick Davis and Caravan director general Gillian Barker, who will head the new charity, issued a joint statement saying: “Given the changes to our industry over the last few years, it makes perfect sense to combine our resources in order to better support our beneficiaries. Between us, Caravan and Sweet Charity support 4,500 people. We know, however, from our research that this number will increase much further as we reach out to more people in need of all ages both in work or retired.
“The need for help has also become far more complex and the support and advice very different. We are confident that our supporters from all sides of the industry will agree that this is the right decision and that as a single charity, we can more efficiently and more effectively support the growing number of people who look to us for help.”
Gillian Barker added: “We ask our supporters to work with us during the forthcoming period of integration, in particular to get behind our popular events such as the Caravan Annual Luncheon and the Sweet Charity Candy Ball, plus the many national and local events which are vital to our continuing success.”