12:30 Wednesday 19 June 2013

Support 4 Sight announced as Thorley Sainsbury's new charity partner

Written byNATALIE DEARMAN

SAINSBURY'S in Thorley has announced Support 4 Sight as its charity partner for the coming year.

The Uttlesford based charity, which supports blind and visually impaired people in the area, will receive a year's worth of fund-raising and awareness support from the store's colleagues and customers.

Shoppers voted in store and online for the charity they would like to support and the winner was announced on Monday.

Madeleine Cassidy, from Support 4 Sight said: “We know the success that the Local Charity partnership has bought to many charities in Hertfordshire and Essex so when we received the recent phone call to tell us the news, we were thrilled.

"The exposure and support is going to be massively beneficial to our charity and I’d like to thank every Sainsbury’s Thorley customer who voted”.

Fund-raising events planned by colleagues so far include a fire walk on November 6, at Saffron Walden Rugby Football Club.

Dave Warlow, store manager, said: “We’ve had a great response from our customers and we’re delighted to have chosen a charity which many of our customers and colleagues can associate with.

"We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from the Local Charity partnership”.

The Local Charity partner scheme began in 2009 and has raised more than £5 million to support local communities.

The Thorley store has had great success in supporting previous charities and last year raised over £4,200 for Kisses 4 Kids. The charity will be using the money to send a family to Disneyland Paris.

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