Failsworth community fridge provides much-needed festive cheer for local families

Date published: 07 December 2023

Helping to recognise the outstanding voluntary efforts of the Failsworth Community Fridge, the McCarthy Stone Foundation has donated £500 to help fund Christmas dinner ingredients for those in need this festive season.

The Community Fridge, run by the Co-op Academy in Failsworth, is a place where anyone can visit if they need help in accessing food or basic hygiene products.

Currently, the Community Fridge estimates they support on average 30 households a week and it is expected that this number will increase in the lead up to Christmas as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, and more people find themselves unable to afford the Christmas they deserve for them and their families.

The McCarthy Stone Foundation supports grassroots, volunteer led charitable causes that promote the health and wellbeing of older people.

It is the independent, registered charity of the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, McCarthy Stone, which has a new Retirement Living development under construction on Ashton Road West.

The Foundation is hoping to bring some festive cheer those who may be struggling in the run up to the festivities.

The Community Fridge will use the £500 to stock up on Christmas dinner hampers, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, so that families don’t have to miss out this December. 

Jack Ryan, Community Engagement Officer at Co-op Academy Failsworth, said: “We are really grateful to the McCarthy Stone Foundation for this timely donation.

"There are so many families in the area who are in desperate need of help through the provision of food and other items, but also older people who are isolated and struggle to access food.

"This is only increasing as we head into the Christmas season.

"So many people in today’s society face financial difficulties and this has got worse recently due to soaring prices.

“The donation is an enormous help towards our aim of ensuring nobody in the local area goes without a meal on Christmas.”

Declan Fishwick, Business Development Manager at McCarthy Stone, added: “We really wanted to show our support to the community of Failsworth, many of whom are facing such difficult times.

"Christmas is a time of year that should be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their circumstances are.

"The Community Fridge is such a wonderful community project and it’s clear to see the work that goes in to support local families and individuals, week after week.

"We are thrilled that our donation will really make a difference at a key time of year.”

Currently under construction, Sydney Grange, will boast a collection of low-maintenance, energy efficient and affordable privately owned apartments, designed to support over-60s to make the most of their retirement years. 

The forthcoming development is set to meet the needs of those aged 60 and over seeking an independent retirement with community at its heart.

Future homeowners will benefit from shared spaces including maintained gardens, a communal lounge home to regular events and ideal for forging new friendships. 

Peace of mind comes from a 24-hour emergency call system and the very latest safety and security features.

A House Manager also oversees the day-to-day running of the development.

For more information about Retirement Living in Failsworth, please call 0800 882 1089 or visit McCarthy Stone.

Those interested in finding out more about the McCarthy Stone Foundation are invited to visit:

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