Scottish Local Retailer has been presented with a GroceryAid Bronze Award in recognition of its support for the industry charity throughout 2020.
Bronze Award winners are companies who have participated in four activities across two of GroceryAid’s critical pillars: awareness, fundraising and volunteering.
SLR highlights the amazing work performed by the charity and raises awareness of the services it provides across its portfolio of print and digital magazines as well as online. Furthermore SLR Publishing Director Antony Begley sits on the GroceryAid Scotland Committee and the National GroceryAid Independent Retailing Strategy Group.
A total of 271 companies received a GroceryAid Award for their support to the charity throughout 2020. This is a growth of 24% on 2019 and is a great testament to how the industry has leant in despite an exceptionally challenging year.
In 2020 GroceryAid saw a 55% increase in applications for financial support. The number of crisis grants paid increased by 87% and 74% more calls were made to its helpline. There was also a doubling in the number of Relate counselling sessions delivered.
Steve Barnes, Chief Executive at GroceryAid commented: “Without the backing of these amazing organisations we would not have been able to help more than 17,000 colleagues who found themselves in need of our emotional, financial and practical help when times got tough last year. As our country and industry move into another challenging year, I am extremely grateful for their continued support.”
The GroceryAid Helpline is available 24/7, 365 days a year on 08088 021 122.