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Salvation Army ‘Can’ help vulnerable with Intu Victoria Centre Partnership

30 October 2013 - 4:14pm
| by Joss

The Salvation Army in Nottingham has partnered with the Intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham, the local shopping centre, to raise money – and donations of food – for the vulnerable and marginalised in the city centre, thanks to their Can-Can appeal.

The appeal, which sees Intu Victoria Centre provide space for The Salvation Army in its mall for three days in October, has resulted in enough food parcels being generated to feed fifty to sixty people, with 190 cans, 57 assorted packages, and £191.35 in cash donations, all of which have been used to buy more stock for the food bank.

Phil Johnson, Community Services Manager at the Nottingham William Booth Memorial Centre, said “It’s absolutely fantastic to have this local support.”

“People keep coming up to me and telling me what a wonderful organisation The Salvation Army is, how they’ve helped them in the past, and what inspiration they take from them,” he continues.

“But what I always say back is that so long as we’ve been around, our supporters have been around too – and without the support of people like Intu, letting us use their space for this appeal, we wouldn’t be able to do the amount of work we do helping the most vulnerable in society.”

The October Can-Can appeal is the latest partnership in the City Centre between Intu Victoria Centre and The Salvation Army – in May, a similar appeal was held and the Church and Charity hope to be back in the Centre in November, asking for donations for toys for their Christmas toy appeal.                                                                       

Elizabeth Sewell, Marketing Manager for Intu Nottingham, said, “Intu Victoria Centre is aware of the increasing need for help with food distribution in our local area – a need which The Salvation Army has to respond to far too often.”

“We are delighted to be working with our friends, The Salvation Army, and be in a strong position to respond to this social need. “

The Salvation Army will use the food and financial proceeds from its appeal in October to distribute to the vulnerable from its Memorial Complex centre in the City Centre.

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