Sainsbury’s Ely has raised £2,167 for Branching Out, as part of the Local Charity of the Year scheme and is now looking for a new charity to support.
The Littleport based charity supports people with learning disabilities and the group was chosen by customers and colleagues last June and has received support from the store for the past year.
Activities have included bag packing at Christmas and bucket collections to tie in with events such as Halloween and Sainsbury’s colleagues also volunteered for the charity during the year, helping to paint the chicken coup at the charities headquarters in Grange Lane.
Earlier this year Sainsbury’s colleagues helped staff in the Littleport charity shop, assisting with organising the stock room, tidying the back areas, and merchandising donated items.
The Ely store also donated unsold Red Nose Day merchandise which Branching Out will be selling in their charity shops and the charity received some gardening equipment donated using Sainsbury’s Community Budget.
Steve Venters, Store Manager of Sainsbury’s Ely, said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting Branching Out, our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities. We’d like to thank everyone at Branching Out for making it such a brilliant partnership.”
Customers can vote for the store’s new partner from 15th – 28th June in-store and online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk. Sainsbury’s Ely has shortlisted the following two charities:
- Ely Foodbank
- Viva Arts and Community Group
Press Release by Sainsbury’s and Photo by Luke Edwards