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‘We will always provide a service’ despite closure

Written by BY Burton Mail 

MEMBER of Burton’s Salvation Army have vowed to continue providing their much-relied on services while they desperately struggle for new premises.

1/06/14 new dump box at Stretton Co-op.

1/06/14 new dump box at Stretton Co-op.
Liz Quinn - Store Manager, James Knight - Community Relations Officer,
Vic Wileman

It comes as a new ‘dump box’ for the organisation has been placed at the Central Midland Cooperative, in Main Street, Stretton inn a bid to collect tinned goods for emergency food parcels.

It was previously revealed by the Mail that the Salvation Army’s Mosley Street church is structurally unsound and they must move out by October.

The headquarters has been condemned following a survey which found major issues with much of the 140-year-old site.

Vic Wileman, a member of the Salvation Army said the search was continuing to find a suitable new home. However, when asked what the impact would be on Burton families who rely on the service even if it has to move into several buildings.

He said: “We will find something which will enable us to carry on providing this much needed service, that is that.”

Despite their desperate search, the organisation is keen to celebrate its 128th year in Burton with the opening of a new building providing worship and welfare support, and increase the support provided for the disadvantaged locally.

This increased support will be helped by new ‘dump boxes’ which have already appeared in Sainsbury’s. Now Central Midlands Cooperative is expanding its support by installing ‘dump boxes’ for customers to place donations of tins, and dry goods, to be passed onto the Salvation Army.

Mr Wileman said: “We are extremely grateful to the Central Midlands Cooperative, to be offered the opportunity to be the recipient of food being donated in the food collection boxes.

”This opportunity assists us in maintaining the provision of emergency food parcels to those most in need within the local community.”


extract from the Burton Mail 13th June 2014