Calling All Altrinchamians: Helping Hands Needed For Community Groups

Wilkinson’s Altrincham branch offers a helping hand to the local community.

The garden at Crossacres Resource Centre, Wythenshawe.
One example of Wilkinson’s Helping Hands projects, only a few miles from Altrincham; the garden at the Crossacres Resource Centre. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd.

At the early part of this month, East of the M60 looked at Wilkinson’s Helping Hands scheme in Wythenshawe. This time, only a few miles west, the Worksop store chain is calling on people in Altrincham and surrounding area to suggest a local good cause.

Members of staff at Wilko’s Altrincham store on Stamford Square are offering a helping hand to community groups and charities in the area, who need extra support in 2014. Whether the beneficiaries are young or old people, or families, they are appealing to anyone passionate about their locality to get involved and apply for a donation from their Helping Hands budget.

People living in Altrincham and surrounding area can apply to the store for a monetary donation or an in-kind donation of Wilko products. Alternatively they can ask for volunteers who work in their local store, to give up some of their spare time to help community groups.

Melanie Fothergill, 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 store.

“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 Altrincham, 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 store and once completed, forms should be returned to the store’s help desk. Successful applicants will be notified within three months of submission.

Wilko stores in Sale and Wythenshawe and are also offering support to local projects as part of the Helping Hands scheme.

S.V., 29 January 2014.

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