Charity handed boost after thousands of items donated following Boley Park revamp

Thousands of items removed from a our revamped Boley Park store as part of its £3 million revamp have been donated to support a vital good cause and its work helping those in need across Derby.

Everything from shelving and tables to fridges, freezes and even an entire supermarket kiosk have been delivered to Community Action Derby as part of a long-standing partnership between the good cause and the retailer.

The items will be used by the Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance, which is part of Community Action Derby, to set up its first ever community shop, which will allow people in need or at risk of food poverty a way of receiving the help they need.

The major donation has been made possible after the retailer’s Boley Park Food Store, in Lichfield, was given a major overhaul and turned into a flagship concept store.

Tanya Noon, Member and Community Relations Officer, said: “We are proud of the fact that making a difference for our local communities sits at the heart of every decision we make as a Society.
“After creating a stunning new store in Lichfield, we reached out to groups we work with on a regular basis to see if the previous shop fittings would be of any use.
“We were delighted that Community Action Derby and its Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance jumped at the chance of receiving thousands of items to allow them to create their first ever community shop.
“Not only does this mean these items do not get thrown away, most importantly it means that we can help one of our long-term partners continue to make an amazing difference to people who need a little extra support in Derby.”

A total of 100 cages were filled with all the items and delivered via the retailer’s distribution network to Derby earlier this week.

Paul Brookhouse, Specialist Project Co-ordinator at Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance, said: “It’s been great to be able to make use and accept the resources offered to help us in preparation for setting up our first community shops.
“Once again Central England Co-op is an integral partner in helping the us support those most at need in our city and enable long term solutions.”
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