This 'Black Friday' Ethical Superstore will be giving you 20% off PLUS donating much-needed grocery items to the Newcastle West End Foodbank with every order over £30.*20% off runs from Tuesday 20th November until midnight Tuesday 27th November 2018 - excludes dropship items (those not available for immediate dispatch), delivery services, gift vouchers, Bambo and Moltex nappies, John Masters, Natracare and infant formula. A grocery item as requested by the Foodbank will be donated with every order total over £30 (not including delivery). Free standard UK delivery on orders over £50.
How we're making a difference
In recent years ‘Black Friday’ has become a term synonymous with crowds surging into shops and fighting over a cut price TV and retailers such as Amazon have tried to condition customers into feeling they have to shop on Black Friday, offering reductions (which are actually usually paid for by small Amazon sellers, rather than Amazon themselves) and failing to invest profits back into our economy.
Because of this, three years ago in 2015 we decided to do something different and more constructive, we did give our customers a discount, but more importantly on every order over £30 we gave a grocery donation to the Newcastle West End Food Bank. Since 2015 our Black Friday promotion has resulted in almost 7,000 items being donated to the Newcastle West End Food bank.
Last year over £5,000 worth of grocery items were donated to the food bank as a result of the Black Friday offer and we hope to be able to donate even more this year! Don't forget you can also make your own donation in the checkout to the Newcastle West End Food Bank or any other of our charity partners.
You can also donate directly to the Newcastle West End Foodbank either on the website or via a text and also find out about regular giving.
John McCorry, chief executive at Newcastle West End Foodbank, said: “Black Friday is one of the busiest days in the shopping calendar and it’s easy for us to forget the daily struggles that many of us face. The West End of Newcastle is populated with large areas of poverty so we always encourage and welcome any form of support.
“More and more families are being forced to use foodbanks with the number set to rise following the introduction of Universal Credit, a new benefits system, coming into force as many people waiting weeks for their payments adding to other financial pressures."
“It’s fantastic that we can continue our partnership with Ethical Superstore having being chosen as the sole beneficiary for the fourth year. It’s through initiatives and kindness like this from local businesses and our volunteers that we can keep doing what we do.”
By doing this our customers will get the chance to help the Newcastle West End Food bank and also hopefully we’ll encourage people to think about others and perhaps make a donation to their own local food bank to help those in need this Christmas. If just a fraction of the money spend on unnecessary items this Black Friday could go to a better cause this could make a huge difference to so many people who are struggling in the current tough times.
Items donated with each order over £30:
These items have been picked by the food bank to help meet their needs. We will supply a mixture of these products to the Newcastle West End Food Bank
After six years in the police force and twelve years in the Royal Military Police, Richard, 49 from New Milton had always been healthy until a chest infection developed into a serious heart condition, resulting in him suffering from two major strokes followed by 19 mini strokes which left him unable to work. His situation worsened when a change of address caused his Employment Support Allowance (ESA) to be delayed. Richard turned to Citizens Advice Bureau for assistance who referred him to the foodbank.
Richard admits he never expected to be in this situation but said “The volunteers were fantastic, offering a chat and a shoulder to cry on. I suffer from depression as well and without the foodbank I don’t think I would be here today”
Richard sees his 10-year old daughter every weekend but admits he has had to skip meals on a few occasions so to feed her, so is hugely grateful of the people who donate to the foodbank and knowing the foodbank is there if he ever needs some extra help.
We have selected the products which will be donated to the Newcastle West End Food Bank based on what they need the most (these products may be changed depending on the demand from the Foodbank at the time we donate them)