AO donates appliances to homeless charity community kitchen

AO has announced that it has donated some appliances to a homeless kitchen, where some of its employees have been volunteering.

It explained how staff on its fast track management development “STAR programme”, who are based at the AO Logistics HQ in Crewe, have been raising money for local charity Chance Changing Lives over the summer.

Nick Cooper, who works as a Quality Analyst at AO and one of the STAR programme trainees, said: “We picked Chance Changing Lives because they’re local to us and we really wanted to make a big difference to a small charity. After meeting with the team, it just reaffirmed our decision as we could see how much they care about the work that they’re doing.

“I’m so glad that we’ve been able to help them out with these appliances and we are continuing to collect donations of food, money, and other items such as clothes, toiletries and sleeping bags.”

People from the programme have been volunteering at the charity’s homeless kitchen, in Jubilee House.

After hearing the charity needed a multi-cooker and a soup maker to help run budget-friendly cookery classes, AO agreed to donate them.

Michele Park, General Manager at Chance Changing Lives, said: “We sometimes struggle for help over the summer as our regular volunteers take a well-earned break, but AO have really stepped up with energetic and non-judgemental values that align with our charity’s ethos.

“They have donated food and key items for our new cooking classes, starting in September, for people struggling to make ends meet.

“AO’s help has had a phenomenal impact on our small but mighty charity and we’re so grateful for how selfless and caring they have been throughout.”