Supermarket checks out a charity record

Maxine Shell and  Nina Burnett from HospiceCare with the some of the staff from the Alnwick branch of Sainsburys who have raised over �10,000.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Maxine Shell and Nina Burnett from HospiceCare with the some of the staff from the Alnwick branch of Sainsburys who have raised over �10,000.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A supermarket in Alnwick has raised a record-breaking amount for a local charity which it has supported over the past 12 months.

Colleagues from Sainsburys, in Alnwick, have raised £10,079 for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The Local Charity of the Year scheme was introduced by Sainsburys a few years ago and has supported businesses such as the RNLI Amble and dog rescue centre SHAK.

This year’s charity, HospiceCare, is the only provider of palliative care, supporting adults, their families and carers living with life-limiting conditions in north Northumberland.

It was chosen by customers and staff last June.

Sainsbury’s PR ambassadors John Bromley and Natalie King, along with HospiceCare fund-raisers Rebecca Taylor and Emma Arthur, organised activities such as bag packs, awareness days, a fashion show and a store-to-store cycle ride.

Alnwick store manager Peter Conwell said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland. Our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fund-raising activities.

“We’d like to thank everyone at HospiceCare North Northumberland for making it such a brilliant partnership.”

Sue Gilbertson, clinical and hospice manager, said: “We’d like to thank the customers and colleagues at Sainsbury’s in Alnwick for their support over the past year.

“It will make such a fantastic difference, particularly now more than ever, as in just the last 12 months we have seen a 97 per cent increase in new referrals for our Hospice at Home services. Your amazing support will enable us to deliver over 500 hours of Hospice at Home day or night to patients and families in our local area.”