Home-Start Spelthorne, a local volunteer organisation offering counselling and support to young families under stress, received a special invitation to help open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store on Laleham Road in Staines and received a £500 donation.
The Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Alfred Friday also popped by to help the store colleagues and Home-Start Spelthorne cut the ribbon and officially open the community store.
Hazel Want, Administrator for Home-Start Spelthorne said: “Home-Start Spelthorne is very grateful for the support of our local Southern Co-operative store and for their donation. We support many local families who are experiencing difficult times and this money will go towards the cost of recruiting and training new volunteers who can offer their practical help and emotional support to families in their own homes.
“Our volunteers are all parents themselves and recognise that at times it is not easy managing a young family especially when affected by illness, disability, financial pressure, bereavement, mental health issues and isolation. It is vital that we have the support of the local community to ensure families receive help when it is most needed.”
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 and a hot food and coffee takeaway deal for £2.00.
The community food store will be open from 7am until 10pm, seven days a week with plenty of parking available.
Stuart Ripley, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative store in Staines, said: “My colleagues and I are so excited to serve our community here in Staines as part of The Southern Co-operative. Being part of The Southern Co-operative means we have the opportunity to be closely involved with the charities, community groups and residents in our neighbourhood – and we can’t wait to get started!”