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WE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY THE SUPPORT AND SPIRIT OF GIVING SHOWN BY OUR COLLEAGUES OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS WHILE THE UK WENT THROUGH SUCH AN UNEXPECTED PERIOD. THROUGH THE MOTIVATION OF OUR TEAMS, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OFFER OUR LOCAL AND NATIONAL COMMUNITIES MANY NEW WAYS TO SUPPORT, WITH MANY COLLEAGUES SHARING THEIR BRILLIANT IDEAS ACROSS THE BUSINESS ON HOW WE CAN ALLĀ DO OUR BIT TO HELP OTHERS.

Helping those who help everyone else

To thank the truly amazing people who work in our NHS and Emergency Services across the UK, we now offer 15% off any Dunelm purchase to Blue Light Card members. They have been working tirelessly to care for us and keep us healthy, so we want to make sure that when they go home for a very well-earned break, they can do so in comfort.

In addition, many of us want to make a difference quite literally. That's why lots of our colleagues got their sewing machines out and stitched everything - from fabric covers for PPE masks, to make them less scary when speaking to little ones, to cotton laundry bags to help our NHS workers transport their uniforms home for safe washing.

We paused production in our state of the art manufacturing centre, usually reserved for bespoke curtains and accessories, and instead our expert teams turned their hands to making fresh surgical scrubs for NHS workers.

Reaching out to our communities

During the temporary closure of our stores, many of our teams organised Facebook groups to stay connected with their local communities, and find ways to help people nearby, whether that meant offering a friendly phone call or picking up some shopping. Our stores reopened not long after, but these groups have continued to grow and be a source of support and conversations.

We'd love to hear your ideas and how we can continue to help, particularly for the more vulnerable members of our communities, so be sure to join the conversation.