Poundland customers step up for local charity

Shop worker and charity worker with food appeal donations

Sue Petford and Poundland's deputy manager - Credit: Submitted

Customers of Paignton’s Poundland store have been helping the town’s needy and vulnerable residents. 

Volunteer fund-raiser Sue Petford started the ball rolling. She got to know ‘amazing’ Mark Eaton who has been cooking meals for the homeless and less fortunate and supports the local Thrive project. 

Sue says: “I wanted to help Mark and have supplied the odd trolly load of food.
While I was in Poundland I met the manageress Amy Millington who offered boxes of cakes which Mark collected. 

Female shop worker outside store

Poundland manager Amy Millington - Credit: Submitted

“A couple of weeks later I received a call from Amy describing a new Poundland initiative for a way to give back to various charities and said the first to be rolled out would be to the Thrive project. 

“When customers pay for their shopping, they will be asked if they want to donate an add on item to charity.” 

She added: “This resulted in an amazing amount of items."

The Thrive Project is run by Rachel Shepherd and her husband Mark. 
Sue said: “A huge thanks from Rachel and Mark, to Amy, her deputy Natasha Rabbitt and everyone who donated. Your kindness can never be measured.”