Sainsbury’s Local in Eastwood Road, Rayleigh has handed thousands of pounds to Little Havens Hospice having spent the past 18 months raising funds.
Sainsbury’s chose Little Havens Hospice as their charity of the year in July 2014 and on Tuesday 21st June presented a cheque for £6729.60 to the charity which cares for life-limited babies, children and teenagers.
The store raised the funds by having a charity table permanently stationed near the tills with information about the charity, upcoming events and donation tins. The shop has also held monthly competitions including; name the cuddly toy, how many sweets in the jar and guess the weight of the Christmas cake.
Colleagues have also helped boost funds by singing Christmas carols in store, hosting BBQs at their home and one group cycled between all the Sainsbury’s Local stores in the area covering; Leigh, Westcliff, Shoebury, Southchurch, Rochford, Hockley and Rayleigh. The following week a static bike was set up in store for customers to boost the mileage and they were joined by actress Kara Tointon. As a company, Sainsbury’s has also provided refreshments for events and recently donated a coffee machine for use as a raffle prize.
Charity Co-ordinator at the store, Ann Barber, said,
“Little Havens has been an amazing charity for our store to take under its wing. Customers and colleagues alike have embraced every aspect of fundraising and volunteering.
“I think people have really wanted to come on board because many of us have visited Little Havens to see for ourselves the incredible work carried out by staff and tireless volunteers and we can see exactly how our money has helped to fund this incredible organisation. It really has been a great partnership.”
Community Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, Sally Bridger, says,
“The support we’ve had from everyone at Sainsbury’s Local has been fantastic. They have helped not by just raising money but from raising awareness of Little Havens too.
“At Little Havens we must raise over £46,000 each week to be there for everyone who needs us, helping to control pain and medication, offering respite and caring for children at the end of their lives.
“We don’t charge a penny for our care – and that’s only possible because of donations made by people in the community like those who shop at Sainsbury’s Local in Rayleigh. Little Havens can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’.”
For information on how you can get involved with fundraising for Little Havens go to www.havenshospices.org.uk/supportus.
You can now vote for Havens Hospices to become Charity of the Year for Sainsbury’s in Southend by visiting www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk and selecting the Southend store.