Waitrose will be helping to provide Christmas lunch for elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in their local community.
This year the UK company has donated the Admiral Park and Rohais branches with £1,500 each to distribute to Guernsey causes, helping isolated people in the island receive food and gifts at Christmas who might have otherwise gone without when that might not usually have been the case.
The campaign encourages funds to be distributed between refuges, shelters and homes for the elderly. The Guernsey Waitrose branches will be supporting the local Salvation Army and Women’s Refuge this Christmas.
As well as these donations, Waitrose Partners are volunteering to plan and attend the events, using hours from the Partner Volunteering scheme whilst being fully paid by Waitrose.
Waitrose is supporting just under 500 charitable events across the country, with nearly 40,000 people set to benefit from the campaign. The supermarket is donating money towards food and other resources for the lunches.
At this festive and particularly sociable time of the year, the campaign is aimed at people who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas.
Allen Edwards, branch manager of Waitrose Admiral Park, said: “It’s wonderful to be a part of a nationwide initiative which helps those that really need it. There are always people who are particularly vulnerable and we’re ready to do everything we possibly can to make this one day in the year a happy one for them.”