Morrisons CEO donates £50,000 to family charities

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts has made a £50,000 personal donation to homeless families and families that have fallen off the radar, an issue which he said he feels very strongly about.

Morrisons has launched a click and collect food box service to give NHS staff easy access to essential groceries

The donation was made through an organisation called The Shared Health Foundation and the money will be distributed to a range of charities in the East Manchester area. Around 1 in 59 children in Manchester are homeless or in temporary accommodation.

Mr Potts said: “Making sure no-one is left behind or forgotten is more important than ever during this crisis.

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“Homeless and so-called ‘invisible’ families in East Manchester is an issue particularly close to my heart which is why I have chosen to support them directly through The Shared Health Foundation.”

Earlier this week, Morrisons announced a 10 per cent discount on shopping for all NHS staff to support them through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bradford-based firm said NHS staff are facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus emergency and many are working well beyond the call of duty.

The group said the 10 per cent discount, which comes into effect tomorrow, is a thank you to the 1.5 million National Health Service workers. It will last until July 12 when it will be reviewed.

The discount for NHS staff is the latest measure being introduced by Morrisons as it tries to play its full part in feeding the nation and supporting those battling the coronavirus outbreak.

It has already introduced an NHS Shopping Hour to make sure NHS staff can get hold of the groceries they need at the beginning of every day from 6-7am, and 9-9.30am on Sundays.

It has also launched NHS Food Boxes, a click and collect food box service at hospital car parks to give NHS staff easy access to essential groceries. Morrisons said the click and collect site within hospital car parks makes it easy for staff to pick up their groceries after their shift has ended. It will be available in 22 hospitals this week with more to come.

Mr Potts said: “This discount is our thank you to all those working in the National Health Service at this very difficult time. We are giving them our full support and gratitude as they continue to care for and support the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

NHS staff can present their valid ID card from Thursday this week to receive a 10 per cent discount on their shopping in all Morrisons stores.