Shoppers at Tesco in Carnforth donated presents worth more than £300 to Barnardo’s supported accommodation service in Morecambe and Lancaster.
Staff in fancy dress persuaded customers to part with some of their shopping so young people could get a Christmas present this year. Scores of presents were given to young people aged 16-25 experiencing homelessness.
Tesco compliance manager Paula Hancock said: “No one wants to be homeless and it’s heartbreaking to think that there are young people in this situation. We wanted to do something a bit special to support vulnerable young adults at Christmas.”
“You think about your own children and as a team we’ve been quite touched by the public’s generosity and support. We know Barnardo’s are doing some fantastic work locally and it’s good to give something back to the community.”
Barnardo’s team manager Abigail Lobley said: “We’re grateful to staff at Tesco Carnforth who went ahead with their donation drive, days after the area was hit by severe flooding. It’s humbling. Barnardo’s wouldn’t have been able to do half as much for young people this year without the support of Tesco.”
“At Barnardo’s, we provide emergency accommodation and more long-term support to young people, many of whom have been homeless or have left the care system. We help provide skills and knowledge around jobs, housing and budgeting to help young people live more independently when they move on from Barnardo’s.”
The supermarket supports Barnardo’s throughout the year, where items donated to the local food bank are often accessed by young people at the supported accommodation service.