‘Abseiling, cycling and baking all raised thousands’

Steve Bennett' 'Pictured with Linda Langdon Sainsbury's PR Ambassador

Steve Bennett' 'Pictured with Linda Langdon Sainsbury's PR Ambassador

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NOT content with just shaking a few buckets for Red Nose Day, I conquered my fears and climbed to the top of the supermarket’s roof.

That’s right, I abseiled down Sainsbury’s roof to raise money.

Cheered on by customers and staff, I am really pleased to be able to say that my abseil stunt combined with the store’s fundraising activities raised an impressive £5,091.

Everyone really got in to the spirit by raising funds and purchasing comic relief merchandise in the store.

Among the fundraising highlights were a sponsored cycle ride in monsoon conditions from the store to Alverstoke and back dressed as super heroes, a colleague bake-off and a book sale.

As the deputy manager, I’m really proud of such a great team ethic and I saw many colleagues go one step further in helping to achieve such a great total.

I’d also like to thank all of the customers who gave so generously across the whole weekend.

After the day, the offer to recycle the noses bought by any customer meant that nothing went to waste.

All unsold merchandise was also recycled. The red noses were recycled as carpet underlay and other merchandise was donated to a myriad of charities and schools in the area.

On another note, our food collection for Basics Bank continues to prove successful, with over £11,000 of food donated in just one year.

This is an amazing amount. I want to thank everybody who has put food into the trolley at the front of our store as I’m certain that it makes a huge difference to the lives of many in need who use the Basics Bank service to collect food parcels.

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