The community partnership between store staff, the Friends and shoppers has seen almost £14,000 donated to the Friends which has gone towards the purchase of specialist equipment to support bowel cancer screening at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
” We absolutely thrilled,” says Carol Hall from the Friends. “We’ve had such a great time working with the team at Sainsbury’s who have made us so welcome during our fundraising events in store and of course for the efforts the staff themselves have made to raise money.”
We’ve had such a great time working with the team at Sainsbury’s who have made us so welcome during our fundraising events in store”
Throughout the year the Friends have been hosting tombola, raffles and bag packing activities and one of the special highlights was when they were invited to run a ‘pop-up’ tea bar during the refurbishment of the store’s coffee shop, raising nearly £1000.
Having built up such a positive relationship with the Sainsbury’s team, the Friends were encouraged to put themselves forward for the Local Charity of the Year scheme again this year.
“It was such a surprise to get shortlisted again,” says Carol, “and then for shoppers and local people to vote for us to be the chosen charity for a second year is just wonderful. We are so grateful for the support and are all excited about working with Sainsbury’s for another great year when we will be raising funds towards hi-tech heart monitoring equipment for babies and children which will save trips to Bristol.”
Truro Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Mark Winsor said, “The Friends have been brilliant and we’re chuffed to have them as our Local Charity for a second year. An overwhelming number of people voted for them, it’s quite unprecedented and shows the relationship they have with the local community. We’re looking forward to a year of more fun and smiles as we continue our charity partnership.”