Sainsbury’s raises £1,317 for charity in year of fundraising

Two ex-employees finish off their fundraising with a 212 mile bike ride.                 FL: Pete Richaond and 26 and Mark Nixon 32. ANL-151005-175024009
Two ex-employees finish off their fundraising with a 212 mile bike ride. FL: Pete Richaond and 26 and Mark Nixon 32. ANL-151005-175024009
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Sainsbury’s in Sudbury has raised £1,317 for Compassion as part of the chain’s local charity of the year scheme.

The charity raises awareness and understanding about domestic violence in the local community.

The group was chosen by customers and colleagues last June and has received support from the store for the last year.

Activities have included bowling, cake sales and quiz nights. Staff also walked in high heels for a mile from Sainsbury’s to Sudbury town centre.

On Saturday, Mark Nixon and Pete Richmond each cycled 106 miles, with every mile representing a victim the charity has helped in the last year.

Maria, domestic abuse co-ordinator at Compassion, said: “We’d like to thank everyone at Sainsbury’s for their support over the last year.

“It has made such a difference to Compassion and we’re extremely grateful for the donations and awareness we’ve been able to raise.”

Sainsbury’s is now looking for a new charity to support over the coming year.

Steve Plumridge, store manager of Sainsbury’s, said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting Compassion. Our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities.”

For the first time this year, customers will be given a choice of charities to vote for.

Customers can vote from June 15 to 28 at the Sudbury store and online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk.