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Christmas comes early for Stockport VCSE organisations

Christmas comes early for Stockport VCSE organisations

Thanks to Surinder Malik, managing director of Trafford Park based Home Textiles Limited, many people in Stockport have been given all the furnishings they need to make them feel warm and comfortable in their own home. 

Thanks to the outstanding generosity of a Stockport businessman and his family, Christmas has arrived early for over 25 VCSE organisations and their clients.

Arranged by Holly Rae and Jo Foskett from Stockport Council, since March and following the coronavirus pandemic, many of the VCSE organisations in Stockport have been working together providing support to one another in what are extremely challenging times. Many of the VCSE workers and volunteers have clients in great need of support, many of whom have, for a variety of reasons, a desperate need for home furnishings – blankets, cushions curtains, hot water bottles, draught excluders and throws.

Thanks to Surinder Malik, managing director of Trafford Park based Home Textiles Limited, many people in Stockport have been given all the furnishings they need to make them feel warm and comfortable in their own home.

Co-ordinated by Mary Edwards from Stockport Advocacy, Mr Malek opened his warehouse doors and invited Stockport based organisations to go and help themselves to whatever they needed. The first open-event took place in November where Age UK Stockport donated their van and driver who took thousands of pounds worth of goods to the Drill Hall on Greek Street where they were collected and distributed as needed.

The second event took place yesterday, on December 8th, where Mary, Katherine Rosati (on loan from Stockport Museums) and Hazel Batty from Age UK were assisted by other willing helpers and told by Mr Malik to ‘take whatever you need’. With boxes and cartons full to the brim, Age UK Stockport’s van was packed to the rafters and made several trips to Walthew House, the collection point for the day’s bounty of home furnishings.

Mr Malik, who lives in Cheadle Hulme, has for many years donated goods to charity and has in the past given to national organisations. This year he was on a mission to support organisations in Stockport and directly benefit the local community.

He explained:

“This is one of the best things ever. I have long supported charities but to be able to help our local grassroots charities is even better. I know that what we are donating will directly benefit around 600 local families. After seeing the success of our first event last month, I saw the pleasure it gave and the gratitude which is why we arranged this second event  today.

“It’s a delight to give satisfaction to the local communities who show heartfelt gratitude and it’s make me happy to see so many people motivated to help.

“And in February I will be inviting Mary and the team back to do it again!”

Mary added:

“The pandemic has really brought our sector together, with no democracy and no paperwork we have all been able to benefit from and share amongst us these fabulous household items that will help so many local people and their families.

“Holly and Jo arranged for the VCSE groups to meet weekly. They have been the catalysts for us to collaborate, to share ideas and experiences – to be kind to each other”

Organisations benefitting from the Home Textiles giveaway event include Pure Innovations who assist and look after young people moving out of the care sector.

Home Textiles Limited’s manufacturing base was originally based just outside Glasgow supplying their customers across the UK, Europe including Scandinavia. Established in 1986, the company employed 150 staff. In 2011, Mr Malik moved the operation to Trafford Park where his warehouse and showroom are now based.

Born in India, Surinder is also involved in a charity in India – JKP – schools and colleges providing free education to girls and young ladies from 11 – to post graduates. The charity also owns three large hospitals that provide free check-ups and medication and in case they need it, treatment at special hospitals.

Mr Malik estimated that the charities have benefited from goods worth between £25 – 30,000 rrp.

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