Postal workers in Northampton win days off work on scratchcards

Royal Mail workers drop off essentials at Spencer Bridge food bank
Royal Mail workers drop off essentials at Spencer Bridge food bank

A charity scratchcard scheme run by Royal Mail staff has seen £1,000 of food and essentials donated to a Northampton food bank.

Workers at South Midlands Mail Centre (SMMC), in Swan Valley, Northampton, have been paying £2 for a football-based raffle card, devised by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and managers.

They select a team and the prize on each card is a day off, donated by Royal Mail.

Money collected then goes to charity, with £1,000 raised in only two weeks, which has bought items such as long-life milk, baby food, cereals and toiletries for the Spencer Bridge Food Bank, in Gladstone Road, Spencer.

Councillor Gareth Eales, a CWU representative, said: “I’m delighted so much money has been raised in such a short space of time.

“It’s tragic that it is 2015 and facilities like food banks are required in Britain.

“Supportive fund-raising actions of this sort only underline the positive contribution trade unions and postal workers try to have on the wider society and we are very proud of that.”

Bob Brady, plant manager, said: “Royal Mail is very pleased to make a contribution to such a worthy cause and the football card scheme was a fantastic idea. The company contributing some days off for the lucky winners is a small price to pay. “We have more cards to fill in, which means more winners and more money to good causes, which is a double good news story.”