Morrisons in Heckmondwike helping community groups during coronavirus crisis

Morrisons in Heckmondwike have been providing essential food items to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:10 pm

After the company announced £10 million of extra stock to be set aside for local food banks, the Heckmondwike store’s community champion Wendy Clough set the wheels in motion for community groups to receive help and support.

She said: “I’ve donated to Loving Hands Outreach organisation, Batley Food Bank, Fusion House Food Bank Dewsbury, Purpose of Life Charity, Salvation Army Heckmondwike and Councillor Lisa Holmes who is helping the vulnerable residents of Kirklees, who are all extremely grateful.

“We’ve also delivered essential food items to people’s doorsteps who are self-isolating, we’ve delivered to many residents and vulnerable staff members that are in the high risk category.

Morrisons Heckmondwike Community Champion Wendy Clough

“I also donated about 1,200 Easter eggs to Batley Food Bank, Dewsbury and District Hospital, Councillor Lisa Holmes, Newlands Residential, Holly Bank School, Spen Croft Care Home, Ings House Nursing Home, St John’s Under 5’s Pre School, Liversedge Health Centre, and Mill Lane School. We also delivered Easter hampers to Cleckheaton Fire Station, Brookroyd Surgery, Undercliffe Surgery, Wellington House Doctors.”

The store also got in touch with St Winifreds Nursing Home and Ashworth Grange Care Home and arranged a donation of afternoon tea to the residents, and donated an Easter egg to every member of staff.

The store has also helped the Batley based Al Mubarak Foundation and Loving Hearts Outreach Team.

Sarfaraz Laher, from the organisation, said: “Due to COVID19 we have been working on the ground delivering over 300 food parcels from a small lock up.

Morrisons Heckmondwike Community Champion Wendy Clough (second from right) with donations for Mill Lane School, Batley

“We have been depending on supermarkets for donations and Morrisons in Heckmondwike have been supporting us.

“Wendy Clough has been absolutely fantastic along with her colleagues.

“A number of local people have come forward and given us donations, both money and food, such as tins, pasta etc.

“But our main source has been Morrisons. We have delivered as far as Flockton and Cleckeaton and we cover the whole Kirklees area.

Morrisons Heckmondwike Community Champion Wendy Clough (left) with Sarfaraz Laher from the Al Mubarak Foundation (right)

“Our main referrals come from our social media sites. With only a small team of nine people, including the admin team, we cover a huge area.

“As a way to thank Morrisons Heckmondwike for their support and their hard work keeping shelves stocked, we served them 80 hot meals on Saturday, April 11. Along with the NHS, they are key workers keeping thils community going.”

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Morrisons Heckmondwike Community Champion Wendy Clough (left)
Morrisons Heckmondwike Community Champion Wendy Clough (centre) with donations to the Fusion Food Bank
Sarfaraz Laher from the Al Mubarak Foundation (left) at Morrisons in Heckmondwike
Staff from Morrisons in Heckmondwike