Hardship Fund: Winn Group Backs Local Community Centre

Winn Group is pleased to partner with St Martin's Centre to help provide a hardship fund for those in need.

As an organisation based in Byker, we understand the importance our presence plays in the local community.

From being a primary employment provider in Newcastle to directly financing charity initiatives in the region, we’re proud of our NE6 roots and seek to make positive change wherever possible.

As part of this strategic approach to our work in the community, Winn Group is delighted to back St Martin’s Centre and their hardship fund programme.

St Martin’s delivers vital community services to one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Having found out about their great work, Winns grasped the opportunity to put the money in to create a hardship fund, which the charity uses to support families in dire need in the area by providing:

  • Household goods (vacuum cleaner, pan set)
  • Clothes for children
  • Resources for children with special educational needs
  • Taxi fare to specialist appointments
  • Baby milk and nappies
  • Baby bottles and bottle warmers

The money we provide helps those who have nowhere else to turn.

Suzanne Wellington, CEO at St Martin’s, said: “We're extremely grateful to Winn Group who have committed to funding our emergency hardship fund for the next year.

"We really appreciate the support from a local business who recognise the need and the impact we can have through their help to improve the lives of families and children living in the area."

Speaking of the partnership and the focus on the NE6 postcode, Ross Jackson, CSR Committee member, said: “Winn Group has a proud focus on its roots and giving back to a community that has allowed us the space and opportunity to grow into the company we are today.

“We met staff from St Martin’s at a Greggs Foundation event and were introduced to them and their great work. When discovering the desperate need for their services right on our doorstep, we had no hesitation in offering our support.

“The £2,000 contribution sustains the hardship fund for a calendar year and ensures those in the most urgent need don’t go without.”

If you’d like to find out more about St Martin’s and how they support the community, click here to be taken to their website.