Mince pie donation saves day for charity

GENEROUS Jenny Robinson of Open Sight with, left, Barnaby Lawless and Flo Henneberg at Sainsbury's in Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123929-3)
GENEROUS Jenny Robinson of Open Sight with, left, Barnaby Lawless and Flo Henneberg at Sainsbury's in Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123929-3)
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WHEN it heard about a charity’s plea for mince pies, Sainsbury’s Broadcut stepped straight up to the plate.

Open Sight, a charity that provides support for blind and partially-sighted people, had been let down at the last minute by a supermarket that had promised to supply them with mince pies for after their Christmas carol concert.

Following a tip-off from The News about the charity’s plight, Sainsbury’s Broadcut in Fareham was eager to help and agreed to supply all 200 mince pies.

Chairwoman of the Fareham branch of Open Sight Jenny Robinson, 64, went down to the store to see the bakers in action and thank them personally.

She said: ‘I am extremely grateful and I really appreciate their help.

‘This is the first time the carol concert has been held in my home town so it would’ve been embarrassing if we could not supply the mince pies as promised.’

The charity expects to see 200 of its members attend the concert from all over the south. The members will also be celebrating the charity’s 90th birthday.

Sainsbury’s deputy manager Steve Bennett said: ‘Upon hearing that Open Sight could be mince pie-less for their carol service we felt we simply had to step in.

‘We are absolutely delighted to help this worthy charity and did not hesitate in supplying mince pies for all who attend this event.

‘One of our bakers will serve the pies still warm from our ovens and we’ll be taking some of our delicious Stollen too. We feel privileged to help such a worthy charity.’

Leonie Mountney, event organiser from Open Sight, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Sainsbury’s Broadcut. I am sure all who attend will also be very appreciative.

‘We hope that it will be one of the most memorable carol services that people will have ever been to.’

The carol concert will take place at St Peter and St Paul’s church, High Street, Fareham at 4pm today.

There will be mulled wine, Christmas cake and mince pies served afterwards.

All are welcome to attend.