Christmas for Milton Keynes homeless and needy will be a bit brighter thanks to McColl’s newsagents.
The Ampthill branch of the nationwide chain donated whole range of items including boxes of mince pies, chocolate bars, boxes of teabags, biscuits and sweets to be distributed via the MK Soup Run.
Manager of McColl’s, Ampthill, Geoff Steel said funds were raised to enable the donations by holding a sponsored event with member of staff, Kieran Richardson, dressing up as Elsa from the children’s film, Frozen, for the day and attending the town’s Christmas lights switch on.
Geoff added that the shop also organised a children’s lucky dip as well as selling hot drinks and bacon rolls plus running a raffle. His mother made cakes and mince pies for the lights event.
“Our customers and my staff know that the food tea coffee etc will be given to those people that need it. We thought the chocolate and mince pies would be a pleasant extra and we would love to do more.
“We still have a food bin set up in our shop where customers and staff add food items to. We even have a family whose children, each week leading up to Christmas, are buying a food item with their pocket money and adding it to our food bin.”
In addition to the Soup Run the shop has also donated food to the local Food Bank.
An MK Soup Run spokesperson said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of McColl’s, their customers and the people of Ampthill. The items that have been donated will help Christmas be much brighter for our clients who cannot afford these luxuries that most of us take for granted during the festivities. We cannot thank McColl’s enough.”