Build on Belief, a charity changing the face of the drug and alcohol treatment system in London, helped cut the ribbon to open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store on Uxbridge Road, Ealing, and received a £500 donation.
The Southern Co-operative’s new store is home to a large range of fresh produce and chilled food options, an array of pastries freshly baked and available in-store every day, a locally sourced, Local Flavours product range and hot food and coffee to go.
Tim Sampey, Chief Executive Officer for Build on Belief, said: “Build on Belief has been both delighted and touched by the support from our local supermarket and its staff for our work in helping local residents tackle the problems that drugs, alcohol and mental health have caused them and their families. The donations of money and food have enabled us to support some of the most disadvantaged people in society in addressing their problems with the help of their peers.
“The Southern Co-operative’s generous five hundred pound donation will be used to fund a series of creative, art and drama based workshops intended to encourage people to begin to take small steps toward reintegrating into wider society. I cannot overestimate the value of being able to demonstrate to our clients the fact that a local business is willing to help support them through so difficult a period in their lives.”
The community food store will be open from 7am until 11pm seven days a week with a free-to-use ATM and nearby car parking.
James Thomas, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative store in Ealing said: “It has been an amazing experience to open our new store in the heart of Ealing with such a supportive community! As a store, we’re very passionate about getting involved with our local area, which The Southern Co-operative is well known for. Today we have donated £500 to Build on Belief who supports people within our neighbourhood who have suffered the affects of drug addiction, alcoholism or mental illness – a cause we feel very strongly about – and we’re looking forward to working closely with them in future.”