Store toasts to a year of fundraising

Sainbury's have been Wakefield Hospice's fundraising partner for the past year. They have raised �6,000 so far.'left - right, Tracey Stakes, John Burke-Tomlinson, Ben Collier, Sam Wood, Steve Scriven
Sainbury's have been Wakefield Hospice's fundraising partner for the past year. They have raised �6,000 so far.'left - right, Tracey Stakes, John Burke-Tomlinson, Ben Collier, Sam Wood, Steve Scriven
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a SUPERMARKET is celebrating raising more than £6,000 for Wakefield Hospice.

Sainsbury’s at Trinity Walk has been filling collection buckets all year round for the charity and those efforts have managed to raise around half of the hospice’s annual expenditure on medical supplies.

The supermarket has raised the cash through bucket collections, bag packing, and a £500 community grant.

And staff have also been arranging children’s art challenges and sponsorship, plus donating raffle prizes for charity events at the hospice - the store’s nominated local charity partner.

Ben Collier, fundraising manager for Wakefield Hospice, said: “Being the nominated local charity for Sainsbury’s has been excellent for the hospice.

“It has helped us financially and raised the profile of Wakefield Hospice in the area.”

Sainsbury’s also provides flowers for the hospice and recently donated Christmas presents for the patients.

Paul Calvert, store manager, said: “We’ve had a fantastic year of fundraising at Sainsbury’s Trinity Walk - I’m very proud of the £6,000 that has been raised for a great cause.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the colleagues and customers who have given so generously throughout the year.’

For the past 20 years the Aberford Road hospice has been providing care and support for people and families coping with life-threatening illnesses.

Mr Collier added: “No charge is made for care, so we rely heavily on the fundraising initiatives and generosity of the community to help meet our yearly running costs of £3.2 million.”

Earlier this year Sainsbury’s organised a refit of the hospice’s kitchen worth almost £8,000, with the help of sub-contractors who worked on the new store, including Longcross Construction, Carmels Electrical, Aldec and Fit Out UK.