Bow Haven gets Christmas treat from staff at Tesco’s new ‘Roman’ branch
PUBLISHED: 13:10 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:10 21 December 2015
People using a mental health centre in London’s East End had a Christmas party with food and decorations donated free by staff at their new local branch of a major supermarket chain.
The staff from Tesco’s which opened earlier this year in the Roman Road put up the decorations to make the Bow Haven centre feel more festive.
The store’s ‘community champions’ even took care of the entertainment and brought in a choir and, of course, Santa.
“We know what great work Bow Haven does in the community,” Tesco’s Samira Johnson said. “So it was great to be able to help with their Christmas party.”
Other traders along ‘The Roman’ also chipped in with the food—the Cake Box, for example, provided a huge cake for the 50 guests.
Bow Haven, started in 2003 by people who have experienced mental health issues, runs 14 activities and peer-support groups each week, as well as one-to-one counselling and advice. The Christmas party was an extra seasonal activity.
As for the supermarket chain, it was almost like returning ‘home’—Jack Cohen opened his first ‘Tesco’ grocery store almost 100 years ago just a mile away in South Hackney.