Grocery charity Caravan has restructured its northern operations by merging its North West and Yorkshire committee branches.

The new Northern committee would make more activities and fundraising opportunities possible, said Caravan. 

David Messom, The Co-operative Group’s director of food retail trading and former chair of the Yorkshire branch, will chair the Manchester-based committee.

The charity described the move as a ‘positive step’ and said that its regular events would continue to be held throughout the year. These include the Chairman’s Race Day in July, October’s Gala Ball, the Christmas Ball, and a greyhound night early next year.

Caravan, which helps members of the grocery industry who fall on hard times, has nine branches in the UK.