Since partnering with Nisa over a decade ago, Welsh convenience chain CK Foodstores has donated over £130,000 to local community causes through the symbol’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity, which raises funds through sales of Co-op and Heritage own-label products.
CK Foodstores, which operates 35 sites, was founded in 1988 by its managing drector, Christopher Kiley, after acquiring a small store based in Llandeilo, Dyfed.
The group has supported numerous local groups including sports clubs, playgroups and homeless charities, in addition to national charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Wales Air Ambulance and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Recently, the retailer has made donations to Stepping Stones Children Centre, Llandeilo Children & Youth Society and 1st St Davids Rainbows group.
Alun Littlejohns, director of retail operations at CK Foodstores, said: “The ability to directly contribute and fund projects in our area, is something that everyone at CK, our suppliers and of course our customers, should be incredibly proud of.
“We try hard to spread the funding, matching causes and groups to our stores and keeping cash in our communities while helping in any number of directions. This year alone we’ve helped over 30 different groups, with grants from £250 to £1500 and we are not done yet!”
Kate Carroll, head of charity at Nisa, added: “CK Foodstores have made a significant impact on many charitable causes and community groups over a long period of time. The difference they have made to the lives of many people right across Wales cannot be understated and MADL looks forward to continuing our work with CK’s to continue this community work for many years to come.”