Oak Jersey raises funds to support the work of the Grace Trust and the Society of St Vincent de Paul News November 11, 2020

Many charities have seen a large increase in the number of families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and people are using food banks more than ever for the vital help they need during this difficult time. Jersey’s local charities, in particular, are helping many people each day seeking help and as the pandemic continues, those who run food banks predict the numbers will continue to rise.

Oak Jersey has always been committed to helping the local community and was honoured to support the work of local charities by running a family Halloween competition over the half term holidays for all staff and their children/grandchildren to carve the best Jack O’Lantern. 

For every entry to the competition, Oak committed to shop and deliver donations to local food banks through two registered charities: Grace Trust and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

From left: Nicola Gott, Ita O'Sullivan, Graeme Paton and Cathy Pigeon (Oak Jersey)

Grace Trust is a fully registered Jersey-based Charitable Trust set up in 1999 to provide support for the poor and needy in the Jersey community. They run numerous support services including an emergency food bank, grocery delivery, household goods distribution, assistance in courts, workshops and even host Saturday lunches for local families who are struggling and a drop-in lounge for people who just need a ‘cuppa and a chat’ if they need to speak to someone.

St Vincent de Paul (SVP) society in Jersey offers support, advice and material assistance including the provision of groceries from their food bank. The SVP has existed in Jersey for many years, working to tackle poverty and disadvantage in all its forms, through direct practical assistance to anyone in need.

We would like to thank all staff who participated in this great cause and a special thanks to the teams at the Co-operative Grand Marche and St Peter stores, for all their assistance in helping to pack the trolley loads of shopping into boxes and bags which eased the distribution of the goods to the two charities.