We are officially the Local Charity of the Year for the Sainsburys store in Magpie Crescent Stevenage after staff and customers voted to support us and Stevenage Mayor, Cllr Margaret Notley, helped us launch the partnership at a fundraising weekend in store.
The Mayor, who is also supporting us as one of her charities whilst she is Mayor, went along to store on August 31st to help launch the partnership. She met staff and made a donation for a cup cake at the cake decorating stall staff had organised.
The first fundraising weekend as part of the partnership took place from Friday 31st August to September 2nd 2018. Staff kindly gave up their free time on Friday to run a cake decorating stall, which proved a hit.
An incredible £550 was raised through donations for the cakes and sale of cards, fridge magnets and other items.
Denise Lawrence, Community Champion Officer at the store, said: “We had a very successful launch for our new Local Charity of the Year, Carers in Hertfordshire and I was honoured the Stevenage Mayor came along to support us. We wanted to support Carers in Hertfordshire as many staff and customers are carers and understand how much it means to have someone to turn to if we have questions or need advice or help relating to caring.”
Denise added: “I’d like to thank all of our staff and customers for their support on the day. I’m looking forward to lots more successful events over coming months.
Carla, a member of staff cares for her Dad, and said: “The information I receive from Carers in Hertfordshire is great and I make use of the Carers’ Passport Discount Card to go bowling or out for a meal as it gives me a break from caring.”
Staff and customers chose Carers in Hertfordshire, a countywide charity that supports people providing unpaid care to someone who is ill, disabled or elderly, to be the store’s Local Charity of the Year through a vote in June.
The partnership will last a year and staff will help raise funds and awareness for our work identifying unpaid family and friend carers and providing free advice and support for them.
Linda Cudmore, the charity’s Community Fundraising Lead, said: “Thank you to all the staff and customers for voting for us, we appreciate the support. Many people do not recognise their caring role as they are looking after a loved one and this partnership will enable us to reach out to carers to let them know about the free advice, courses and services we offer. It will also boost our funds so we can continue helping carers stay well and healthy and have a life of their own outside caring.”
Linda said: “We look forward to working together with the supermarket during the year. If you want to get involved we would welcome volunteers who could help out when there are fundraising events in store and locally. If you can help please get in touch.”