The Third of three features on the trade’s welfare charIty

Trade welfare charity Caravan provides help and support to more than 1,300 former grocery workers who have fallen on hard times.

One such beneficiary is David Nightingale who can’t thank Caravan enough for helping him get his life back on track. “I left school at 14 to work in a butchers,” he says.

“I went on to work as a Safeway meat department manager and for International Superstores in Norfolk as general manager.

“But one morning I woke up with a pain that wouldn’t go away. I was diagnosed with the chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis and had four operations. I lost track of how many times I was in hospital.”

At this time, International Superstores was taken over so Nightingale took redundancy. He found a job working two days a week in a butchers - but then he had a stroke.

“During my career I was paid well and lived comfortably. My whole life was turned upside down. The situation was extremely bleak for my wife and me,” he says.

Nightingale was advised to contact Caravan and, like each of Caravan’s beneficiaries, now receives £674 a year as a quarterly allowance.

“When I contacted Caravan I was still in my 50s. I thought it was just for retired grocers but they help any former grocery worker experiencing difficult times.They have been such a help. They have provided me with a new
David Nightingale, beneficiary