Why this Colchester bank are supporting CENS this year

The Colchester branch of the Co-Operative Bank has chosen CENS to be one of it’s chosen charities this years. Here Michelle Massetti explains how and why they are behind the work we do.

“We chose to support CENS in the Colchester branch because, one morning we found a homeless man sleeping on the steps outside the branch. He was cold, hungry and had no-where to go and nobody would help him. We managed to rustle up a hot drink and some food between us.”

“Recently, we have raised £280 for the charity by doing a bake sale. We sold homemade sausage rolls, cookies and shortbread and made up little sweet bags.”

“We invited Marina Woodrow  the manager at CENS to come and speak with our customers. It was very interesting to hear what she had to say. I must say our customers have been very supportive, especially as some of them mentioned they had to used the charity in the past.”

“We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause and have made us aware that there are people out there are a lot worse off than ourselves.”

If you would like to help raise money for CENS, join our March 4 CENS event, taking place 1st-31st of March 2023. Click here for more info

CENS Essential Shopping List

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Hot chocolate
  • UHT milk
  • Squash
  • Vgetable oil
  • Gravy granules
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • Stock cubes
  • Herbs and spices
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned/packet custard
  • Baked beans
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned vegetables & potatoes
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Men & women’s deodorant
  • Men’s razors
  • Shave gel
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Cloths
  • Scourers
  • Washing up liquid
  • Surface cleaners
  • Floor cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bin bags
  • Food caddy liners
  • Loo roll
  • Washing tablets
  • AA batteries
  • NEW single duvets
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • Single duvet covers/sheets
  • Clean/good condition towels

Please no soups!
Thank you