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Wilkos staff donate boxes to help Fire Service

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

Wilko team members Denise Hudson, assistant till supervisor (left), customer service assistants Katy Pullen and Carol Scragg (second from right, right) and Brian Beardmore, store manager (middle) hand over storage boxes to John Walton, fire officer (second from left).

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Retail staff have made a bid to help tackle 'hoarding' in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Team members from the Wilko store on Brook Street, Leek, have donated 50 storage boxes to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The boxes will be invaluable to the fire brigade when they work to clear out the homes of people who hoard their belongings.

Brian Beardmore, store manager, handed the boxes over to risk reduction officer John Walton.

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Mr Walton said: "Hoarding is a big fire risk, as many of the items people tend to keep encourage fire to spread even more quickly – for example huge piles of newspapers and magazines.

"These boxes will be a great help when we are working with local people who hoard to clear out their homes, as there will be a lot of stuff to move."

The boxes were donated through Wilko's Helping Hands scheme, which allows the store team to donate money and products to good causes in Leek.

Brian said: "When we heard about the fire brigade's new initiative to tackle hoarding, we were really keen to get involved – especially as we had the perfect products available to donate.

"The boxes will be really useful as they can be kept and reused time and again. We hope this donation helps to improve people's lives and keep them safe in their homes."

A family owned firm after more than 80 years of trading, JK Wilkinson opened the first Wilko store on Charnwood Street, Leicester, in 1930. There are currently 373 stores across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.

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