December 2015


Foodbank’s help from online ‘box boffins’

One of the UK’s biggest and busiest Foodbanks has invested in new super-tough storage boxes to help its volunteers do their job more efficiently. The Welcome Centre in Huddersfield has been supporting the people of South Kirklees for more than 20 years, but its operation has expanded significantly since 2000, when it became a registered charity. Based in the town centre, its aim is to support people in crisis throughout the area by providing the help or advice they need in a friendly and respectful way. A core part of... Read More


Storage box business joins flood relief effort

Online retailer PlasticBoxShop has joined the relief effort in the wake of devastating floods which hit parts of Cumbria this week. Record-breaking rainfall levels caused damage to an estimated 5,000-plus homes and businesses in Cumbria and Lancashire, leaving their owners facing a huge clean-up and salvage operation in the run-up to Christmas. In a bid to help, PlasticBoxShop sent a hundred of its 80-litre plastic storage boxes with lids to two emergency response centres in Kendal and Carlisle. From there they will be distributed to victims of the flooding, with... Read More

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Man Utd donation sparks ‘charity cup’ idea

A charity’s Manchester sustainable fashion store is hoping the legendary rivalry between fans of the city’s two footballing giants will boost its work with young people. The idea for a Reds vs Blues ‘charity cup’ sell-off was born when a box full of new Man Utd football kit was donated to the Goodstock store at 6a Oxford Road. Now it is hoping Manchester City will make a similar donation to maximise the amount it can raise by seeing which club has the most generous supporters. The United kit, including a... Read More


‘Memory boxes’ help combat effects of dementia

‘Memory boxes’ are proving an effective therapy for residents and a useful tool for staff and carers at a specialist dementia nursing home in Lancashire. The under bed boxes filled with keepsakes designed to rekindle special memories have been introduced for residents at Townfield and Coach House residential home, in Great Harwood, which cares for up to 24 older people suffering with dementia in various forms. Co-owner John Timmins, who runs the business with his brother Michael, explained: “We had read about the benefits of memory boxes and talked about... Read More