Supermarket helps charity

Some of the goodies provided by the supermarket
Some of the goodies provided by the supermarket

BABIES and their mums at a St Leonards charity have been given mountains of food by a local supermarket.

The Fellowship of St Nicholas offers support to under-pressure parents across 1066 Country from its headquarters in London Road.

And its volunteers also support children through bereavement, help parents access other services and work with youngsters suffering from mental health problems.

As a charity, it relies heavily on donations, and earlier this week staff from Asda carted down three crates stuffed with baby food, which will now be sorted and handed out to mums and dads across Hastings.

The food was stock from the Silverhill store which had reached its sell-by date, but not its eat-by date, and Asda community worker Caroline Courtland-Smith says the store is hoping to increase the amount it can give away to local good causes.

She said: “As a store we have a lot of waste food and we are looking at a way of making sure the food that is past its sell-by date does not necessarily end up in the bin.

“If we can help groups like The Fellowship of St Nicholas that is brilliant.”

Mrs Courtland-Smith also revealed the store had taken similar bundles of food to the Seaview project at the Southwater Community Centre in St Leonards.

The charity works with the town’s homeless and has been given toiletries as well as food and Asda is also looking for other good causes it can help in a similar way.

Stephanie Edmonds, the operations manager at The Fellowship of St Nicholas, was delighted with the gift and wanted to put on record the charity’s thanks.

She said: “We owe a huge thank you to Asda for the wonderful baby food.

“We have already started to distribute the food, and as of next week food bags will go out with our workers to families.”