An appeal launched by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Ian Brookfield, to support local charities and boost the council's emergency homeless provision will be supported by Boots stores in the area.

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The City of Wolverhampton is currently facing a desperate need for non perishable food and toiletries donations to help some of its most vulnerable people.

Boots UK expressed a strong interest in getting involved in local initiatives and came forward to volunteer its stores as 16 donation points for toiletries and baby products to be donated and collected for those who need them in and around Wolverhampton.

Volunteers and staff from Wolverhampton Homes will collect the products from the points when they are full and distribute them to The Well Foodbank and The Good Shepherd Ministry charity.

The donation points go live from Monday 15 February, and Boots UK is encouraging its customers and colleagues to get involved and donate important health and hygiene items to this appeal.

Area Manager for Boots UK in Wolverhampton, Gavin O'Hanlon, said: "We feel really passionately about supporting those who are in need in our local area and the 'buy one give one' initiative is a really important community project.

"We all know of the vital role that food banks have, but it's often forgotten that individuals and families who aren't able to buy food, are also unlikely to be able to access or afford the basic hygiene products that so many of us take for granted, for example nappies, deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste."

The Mayor added: "We are delighted that Boots have come forward offering their support with our appeal.

The city is currently facing a desperate need for donations of toiletries and baby products for its most vulnerable people, and having these donation points in stores with such heavy footfall will be an invaluable resource to us.

"We encourage people to donate whatever they can, big or small, it will make a difference to those who need it."

  • released: Wednesday 10¬†February, 2016