AN ENTREPRENEUR who built her business from the ground up has joined forces with Compassion Acts to help those in crisis.
Jennifer Scholes, the founder and director of the Hart Space, in the Norwood Business Park on Hart Street, is hosting a collection basket within the building, which is open from 8.45am-5pm, Monday to Friday. People can donate dry goods for the use of local families who are finding themselves in difficulty. She has teamed up with Compassion Acts, the charitable organisation of Southport churches who work together.
She said: “I am shocked at how many people are being left with greatly reduced wages, or no job at all, as an effect of this horrible pandemic.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position that, after being able to adhere to stringent Covid restrictions, we have been able to keep the Hart Space open for the use of our community, especially those seeking support though pregnancy and parenthood.
“I know many other businesses have not been as fortunate, through no fault of their own. I can only imagine the stress of those workers trying to provide for their families in the run up to Christmas.
“We understand that there is a particular need for toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items. Any help with these items will be hugely appreciated.”
Meanwhile, FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, is calling for charities and community groups in Southport and Churchtown to join the thousands already receiving regular donations from local supermarkets.
The FareShare Go programme provides desperately needed resources for frontline organisations, and helps to prevent quality food from being wasted and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Tesco, ASDA and Waitrose & Partners stores all donate their quality surplus food, via the FareShare Go App, text or email, and organisations in Southport and Churchtown are being urged to register for the programme at www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-go