With the support of publishers, wholesalers and distributors, each sponsoring packages for a number of households, the charity has been able to send more than 500 hampers filled with goodies such as biscuits, cakes and snacks to beneficiaries isolating or shielding at home.
Mike Mirams, NewstrAid CEO said; All of our beneficiaries are vulnerable or in need of support and will be feeling the effects of the lockdown. We wanted to send them something to raise their spirits and let them know that although they are isolating, they are not alone. The generous contributions of our industry partners have helped make this possible.
Those supporting the initiative include: Reach Plc , Smiths News, Menzies Distribution, Mail Newspapers, Intermedia, Newtrade Media, Frontline, Seymour and Willis News.
NewstrAid is the industry’s own charity and supports anyone facing hardship who is or has been employed in the sale or distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK. Last year they paid £741,554 to households in need, helping over 700 regular beneficiaries with a news trade connection. In addition to financial support, NewstrAid has an anxiety helpline and provides debt and state benefit advice. Full details of all the help and support available from NewstrAid can be found on their website www.newstraid.org.uk
The NewstrAid Benevolent Fund has been in existence for over 180 years. It was founded in 1839 by, amongst others, Charles Dickens, to provide welfare for the desperately poor newspaper street sellers of London. NewstrAid has since expanded to cover the whole of the UK and everyone involved in the retailing, wholesaling, distribution and circulation of newspapers and magazines, and their immediate dependents.