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Sainsbury’s shoppers and staff raise over £11,000

Thursday 31 October 2019

Sainsbury’s Lyons Farm branch in Worthing have raised an incredible £11,091 over the last year after generous staff and shoppers chose to back St Barnabas House as their Charity of the Year.

The Local Charity of the Year scheme is run every year by Sainsbury’s nationwide, and involves staff and customers working together to support a local cause at the heart of their local community. Each store draws up a shortlist of three local charities and then customers get to vote on which of the three charities to back.

Manager, James Charge and Joanna Bacon (centre) celebrating with Sainbury's colleagues - RGB

James Charge, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Lyons Farm, says, “Staff really got behind raising funds for St Barnabas House and so did the customers, who gave so generously to the collecting pots we had throughout the store. I think we all felt it was important to give back to a charity that has supported so many local families.”

Jo Bacon, Corporate and Gifts Fundraiser at St Barnabas House, says, “We can’t thank Sainsbury’s and the local community enough for choosing to support the hospice.

“Every coin dropped into the collecting tins in store has added up to make a huge difference. Together, you have raised enough to pay for 30 hours of all care services provided by St Barnabas House, both at the hospice such as the In-patient Unit and Day Hospice, and out in the local community, such as the Hospice at Home service.”

This is not the first time Sainsbury’s loyal customers and staff have voted for St Barnabas House to benefit as the store’s chosen charity partner. They also supported the hospice in 2016 and over the years have raised over £21,000 to support local hospice care.

Charity and corporate partnerships are invaluable to St Barnabas House and there are numerous ways businesses can choose to get involved and show their support for the hospice. To find out more visit: www.stbh.org.uk/corporate-support