Record event for GroceryAid

Industry charity raises hundreds of thousands

pianist infront of groceryaid sign
Pianist Tokio Myers performed at the GroceryAid ball in London last month.

INDUSTRY charity GroceryAid raised record funds at its annual ball held in London last month.

More than 160 companies from throughout the industry attended the event, raising over £712,000 for the charity, including £250,000 raised through a silent auction.

The evening, which was hosted by TV comedian Patrick Kielty, was packed with entertainment, including musical performances from Tokio Myers and McFly.

BBC radio DJ Jo Whiley closed the event with a DJ set rolling into the early morning.

Funds raised at the event will be used by GroceryAid to support thousands of industry colleagues.

GroceryAid offers support to retail workers throughout the supply chain, from small independent stores to multiples, as well as warehouse and logistics staff.

At the event, Charles Wilson, chief executive of Booker and GroceryAid president said: “Last year GroceryAid helped over 15,700 people through the helpline, from factories, wholesale, retail – all parts of our grocery trade.”