Grocery industry charity Caravan has set up an emergency hardship fund for the hundreds of former Kwik Save staff who lost their jobs when the chain went into administration on 6 July. Although some stores and staff were transferred to the new FreshXpress chain, scores of other stores were shut and are being sold off. Staff who lost their jobs can apply to the government for statutory redundancy pay - but this process can take up to six weeks.The situation has been exacerbated because many staff worked unpaid for six weeks prior to the chain's demise. Caravan said former Kwik Save employees who worked for the retailer for at least 10 years and had savings of less than £1,200 could apply for the grants. "Events like this demonstrate the need for the industry to support Caravan," said Caravan director general Gillian Barker.