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Ex Tesco chief steps in to help Mersey homeless (16 March 2015)

Former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy is helping front a fund-raising campaign for a new Sefton-based project for homeless people.

The business supremo stepped in to help Emmaus Merseyside’s “Sponsor-a-Bed” campaign as the charity prepares to open a new supported housing scheme in Seaforth.

Sir Terry features in a short video which, Emmaus hopes, will encourage businesses to sponsor one or more of the 28 beds in the building, due to open in May.

The accommodation is part of a bigger scheme which will provide training and work opportunities for residents in the nearby Recycling Superstore, funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and run by Emmaus.

The warehouse-style store, which opened last summer, sells everything from quality used furniture to clothing and toys and has doubled its turnover in the last few months. Profits from the store will  help fund the running of the residential scheme.

Nigel Mellor of Emmaus Merseyside said: “The store’s doing really well and with the support of Sir Terry we’re confident we’ll be able to raise the rest of the money we need.”

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “Emmaus are doing an amazing job – both in getting the store off the ground and in attracting the support of other agencies and individuals who can help realise their vision of providing shelter, employment and training for people who need it most.”

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Note to editors
1.The Recycling Superstore in Seaforth was established last year with the help of a £14,500 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2.MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
3.Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

Further information from Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505