A charitable organisation which supports vulnerable people in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Warwickshire has won building materials to continue its vital work.

We Care UK received £500 store credit from leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse as part of its Selco Stars initiative.

The organisation has responded to the Covid-19 crisis by providing more than 10,000 face masks, 9,500 free food parcels to vulnerable families, elderly and disabled in need and 150 electronic devices to patients in hospitals.

The group will use its Selco Stars prize to refurbish the kitchen of a 72-year-old woman in Solihull with ovarian cancer.

Each month, Selco – which has a branch in Coventry on Austin Drive and on Parker Drive in Leicester – is donating £500 of building materials to two groups across the UK, with the 12 finalists going forward for a public vote for the chance to win £5,000 in cash.

A second prize of £1,250 is also available to mark Selco’s 125th anniversary.

Entries to Selco Stars can be made by visiting https://www.selcobw.com/selco-stars

Jason Bains, of We Care UK, said: “The pandemic has impacted vulnerable people more than anyone. It is a dire situation and people desperately need our support.

“This generous gift from Selco will enable us to refurbish the kitchen for an elderly service user. She has not had working appliances in her kitchen since December. That is clearly not acceptable and it’s an honour to be able to help her.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “So many charities and community groups have responded tremendously well during the current crisis. It’s really heart-warming to see.

“We Care UK has done some amazing work by supporting those in need. The work they are doing with the lady in Solihull will completely transform her life.

“This is a great example of how Selco Stars is making a tangible difference to communities across the UK.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock, Selco’s 68 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click & Deliver, a Click & Collect service and a new website designed to help tradespeople purchase their materials in the quickest and most effective way possible.

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