Helping hand-outs at Wilko stores

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Workers at Wilko stores in Ripley and Alfreton are offering a helping hand to projects that benefit young people, families or the elderly.

The firm is appealing to individuals, charities and community groups to apply for a donation from each store’s annual charity budget of £400.

People living in Ripley and Alfreton can apply for a monetary donation, Wilko products or team members’ time, as they are also keen to support neighbourhood developments by volunteering.

Mary Newton, Wilko store manager, said: “The Helping Hands scheme is all about supporting local projects and directly benefitting the lives of people who live and work close to our stores.

“As a company it’s great to be able to help local groups and charities by giving something back to the area.

“Our team members are ready to roll their sleeves up and give their time to worthy causes, plus we have a wide variety of products which we can donate.

“We’d like to hear from anyone who’s keen to make a difference in Ripley, whether it’s a school that needs arts and crafts supplies or a dogs’ home that needs extra food and treats, we want to help.”

Helping Hands application forms can be collected from the stores and should be returned to the stores’ help desks. Successful applicants will be notified within three months of submission.

Wilko stores in Belper, Sutton in Ashfield and Allestree are also offering support.