Charities and hospices across England and Wales have received £19,400 worth of food and supplies, thanks Selco's pre-Christmas giveaway.

All 67 branches of Selco Builders Warehouse surprised local good causes with food bundles and gifts as the countdown to the festive season begins.

Each branch was given at least £250 worth of vouchers, allowing Selco staff to go shopping and choose goods before delivering them to charitable organisations of their choice, from Changing Lives York, which is close to Selco’s most northern branch, to Dorset Children’s Foundation, near the most southern Selco in Poole.

The response has been overwhelming with Selco inundated with messages of thanks and support.

Carine Jessamine, Marketing Director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We decided that it would be a great thing to do to give these amazing groups a boost in the lead-up to Christmas.

“We regularly support charities through our Selco Stars initiative but it was nice to do something completely out of the blue as a one-off surprise at a special time of year.

“I know the branches enjoyed selecting their chosen groups and then going to purchase and present the goods to the charities.

“Money can be so hard to come by for charities so donations like these really do make a difference.”

Picture: St Luke's Hospice Harrow receives goodies from the Selco Wembley team