A huge well done to Aldi after stepping in to replace all of the items stolen from a local foodbank in Broughton. Truly showing the real spirit of Salford.
Regional managing director Ruth Doyle at Aldi said she was appalled to hear that their donation to tackle period poverty had been taken from a storage unit at Mocha parade, Broughton.
In a press release she said:
“It’s important to us to help improve the lives of local people, and we refuse to stand by and let the actions of thieves stop us from doing so. This is why we’re going to replace our donation to the 10% Better campaign.
“We’re very proud to support Salford City Council and the hard work it puts in to alleviating poverty in the region.”
The final distribution of the £2,500 donation to help women in period poverty and local families had been due to take place this week – but staff and volunteers were left in tears when they discovered thieves had broken in and cleaned out the entire unit.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said he was delighted with the news and that he couldn’t thank Aldi enough for their kindness.
“People in Salford have been appalled that anyone could sink so low as to steal goods destined for those in desperate need,” he said.
“The news that Aldi will kindly replace everything that was stolen is wonderful. They are showing the real spirit of Salford.
“What we need to do now is make the stolen goods too hot to handle. They are all branded Aldi items so if anyone has been or is approached to buy Aldi nappies or sanitary items and has any suspicions about their origins, please do the decent thing and report it to the police or anonymously via Crimestoppers. Thieves who take from women and children in poverty do not deserve any protection or loyalty at all.”
Tom Togher, Chief Officer of Salford Citizen’s Advice and Salford Foodshare added:
“Period poverty is sadly a very real issue for many women on low income with sanitary wear costing around £500 a year. They often choose to struggle with unsuitable alternatives just to put food on the table or pay bills but these items are just as essential.
“I’m very grateful to Aldi for their generosity. It will make a huge difference to local women and families.”
Salford City Council has identified new, secure storage for the donation.
Meanwhile as we reported earlier today, police are determined to bring those who carried out this appalling act to justice.