James Hall & Co., SPAR wholesaler for the North of England, have donated crates of ambient and fresh food to Preston’s community anchor, The Foxton Centre, after holding a large retail event at its SPAR distribution centre on Bluebell Way.

The Foxton Centre is located on Knowsley Street in Preston and supports rough sleepers, street sex workers and vulnerable youths within the Avenham area, also working with individuals affected by poverty, addiction and poor mental health.

Julie Tingle, Grocery Trading Manager at James Hall & Co. said: “We were delighted to be able to donate so many products to The Foxton Centre, after holding a large retail event for 200 SPAR retailers from across the North of England.

“Many of our employees at James Hall & Co. live within Preston and our SPAR shops sit right at the heart of local communities, so it was important for us to be able to work with a charity that provides such a vital service, right on our doorstep.”

The Foxton Centre runs a number of projects that aim to tackle homelessness within the city, including a soup kitchen that provides vulnerable individuals with a hot meal and access to a washing machine and shower.  

Julie added: “Amongst the crates of food were fresh fruit and vegetables such as apples, pears , melons, cabbages, plums and leeks; and noodle and pasta pots, tinned tuna and mackerel, pickled eggs, chocolate spread, fibre bars, curry sauces, naan bread and poppadum’s.

“We were also particularly pleased to be able to donate various gluten free products such as cereal, biscuits, sauces, pasta, soup and long life bread. Vulnerable individuals may struggle to purchase gluten free items on a regular basis so we hope that someone can really benefit from the donation.”

Representatives from James Hall & Co. visited The Foxton Centre to hand deliver the products, talking to volunteers to understand the vital work that the charity delivers.

To find out more about The Foxton Centre, visit www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk