Charity Spotlight – Great Bear Melksham – December 2020

As one of the smallest depots within the Culina Group family, the efforts of the team at Great Bear Melksam are anything but small. With just 42 colleagues keeping the cogs of the 24/7 operation turning, that’s 42 big hearts going all-out with their charity endeavours.

This year, the depot has focused on 2 main charities; Melksham Food Bank and Designability (in particular their Wizzybug project), whilst maintaining their ongoing fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support with their annual Coffee Morning.

Great Bear Melksham Charities

Throughout October and November, colleagues have donated ambient food items to Melksham Foodbank. The foodbank is there to provide practical, short-term help for individuals and families in need by offering food parcels with 3 days of food essentials. They also introduce those in need with the necessary advice and support services to help resolve issues in the long term. More information about the services offered and how you can get involved can be found at;

Whilst COVID has impacted some of the traditional fundraising pursuits, there have been plenty of fun activities throughout the year which have raised funds for national charity Designability for their Wizzybug project. Wizzybugg is an innovative powered wheelchair designed specifically for children under five who are living with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy, as well as children with amputations or a rare developmental delay affecting their ability to walk.

Stock Controller, Sue Whiteford led the fundraising efforts by completing the Virtual London Marathon 2020 – having completed the main events in both 2018 and 2019. Other fundraising events included; ‘Guess the number of Easter eggs’, Easter raffle, selling sweet bags and are currently having a Christmas card sale.

You can find out more about the charity and the impact of the Wizzybug project by visiting;

The Macmillan Coffee Morning is an annual event that is always popular at the site. People get involved in a number of ways from baking cakes and goodies themselves to donating tea and coffee to accompany the tasty treats. Others help with running the event on the day, donning their best salesperson impression and drumming up trade; it’s always a successful event and enjoyed by everyone. This year the event managed to raise £107 bringing the total raised through this event in five years to over £1250 for such a worthwhile cause.

If you’d like to donate to any of these causes, or if you have fundraising idea, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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