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Nisa retailers support most vulnerable in their communities

Nisa’s independent retailers are stepping up their community support to provide much needed funding to local good causes during the COVID-19 crisis.

One such retailer, Musselburgh-based Pinkie Farm Convenience Store, has gone above and beyond to support their own local community in a number of different ways, including a number of donations via Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity, to help provide essentials to the vulnerable and families in the area who are struggling with financial hardship.

Support from the store during the crisis has included a £500 donation to East Lothian Sunday Fresh Chicken Dinner Boxes, £500 to Resilient Musselburgh and a further £300 to Pennypit Community Development Trust; all of whom are working hard to provide essential goods locally to those in need.

Jane Russell, founder of East Lothian Sunday Fresh Chicken Dinner Boxes, said the donation would fund fresh produce boxes for struggling families in the local area. She commented:

I set up the project in December 2019 to give out free fresh chicken dinner boxes to people financially struggling in East Lothian. The idea was to create a fresh box of fresh produce so they had everything to cook a Sunday roast chicken dinner, and so the families could all sit together and enjoy a healthy meal.

The donation we received from Nisa will provide 60 families with our fresh chicken dinner boxes, which is just amazing.

Elsewhere, the Loco on Barnsley Road in Goldthorpe has donated their MADL funds to five  Rotherham charities to help them to support local residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rotherham and Barnsley MIND, AGE UK Rotherham, Rotherham Foodbank, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Rotary Club will each receive donations of £100 from the store to support them in their respective efforts.

Rachel Siddall from Rotherham and Barnsley MIND said: “We have found ourselves in such unprecedented and extremely difficult times and never before have we encountered a challenge to this scale in our efforts to provide mental health support to those within our communities. 

“The donation will support us in the setting up of virtual groups via digital platforms. We are working towards keeping the residents of our communities still feel connected and demonstrating that physical isolation doesn’t have to mean emotional isolation.”

And near Manchester, Sale Moor Community Partnership thanked the team at the Nisa Local on Norris Road in Sale for their support during these unprecedented times. 

The charity’s aim is to promote education, wellbeing, environmental improvement and prosperity for community benefit in the Sale Moor area, offering a wide range of services and support to local residents.

A post on their Twitter page said: “Thank you to the team at Norris Road Nisa. They have been amazing in donating food for our lunch club over the last two weeks and to cap it off have also got @salemoorcp a further £350 donation from @MADLCharity. Please support our local businesses”.