Sainsbury’s Stratton have launched their partnership with their new Local Charity of the Year, Brighter Futures.
The charity, which is dedicated to raising money to equip the new radiotherapy unit at Great Western Hospital, was chosen by Sainsbury’s customers at the beginning of July and will now receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness from the store.
Representatives from the charity joined Sainsbury’s colleagues over the weekend to kick start the fundraising with a day of competitions and fun at the Stratton store, including a book sale, tombola and a lucky wine dip, as well as selling Brighter Futures tee shirts. With full results still to come in indications are that a figure in excess of £330 was raised. The tee shirts (as pictured being worn by Sue Nobbs and Trish Carter of Sainsbury’s) are still on sale at the store for a minimum donation of just £7 and are available in all sizes from the Customer Service desk in Stratton.
Jennifer Green of Brighter Futures said: “The Local Charity of the Year scheme has been successful for so many charities and we at Brighter Futures are delighted to get started. We’re hoping the partnership will help raise awareness of the Radiotherapy appeal to the store’s customers and will help us provide cancer care services locally – developing a vital service to the community in Swindon.”
Val Atwill, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Stratton, added: “We’re really looking forward to working with Brighter Futures over the next year and the team have some great ideas for fundraising. We hope our support will make a real difference to the charity, and customers enjoy the variety of activities we are planning.”
The Local Charity scheme is now in its seventh year and has raised over £7 million to support local charities since 2009.