While value garden centre, Cherry Lane, has had to temporarily close all their stores as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, each branch has been donating huge amounts of food, pet food and plants to causes local to every outlet.
Group operations director, Karl Ottolangui, said: “It has been heart-breaking to close our doors and the last few weeks have been really tough for all our teams, trying to serve their local communities with essential products. It has been a very emotional time for staff in all our stores and garden centres.
“They have all been absolutely amazing and have all worked tirelessly to donate whatever we can to those in need. The whole exercise has gone incredibly well. The store teams are absolutely exhausted, but it has given us some happiness that we were able do some good for our local communities in this very difficult time, on our final day until we can reopen.”
The stores have distributed items to worthy causes, with each individual store team choosing their local recipients.
Cherry Lane in Beverley made their donation of essentials to the Beverley food bank, with pet food and plants being shared between Oakwood Dog Rescue and The Cats Protection League.
Whilst the stores are closed, Cherry Lane will continue to provide customers’ favourite products online and deliver them safely to their door. The online shopping portal is at www.cherry-lane.co.uk.