Carols boost total

From right, Sainsbury's staff Tracie Bestford, Adele Sissons and store manager Steve Emmerson with staff and pupils from Springwell Primary School.
From right, Sainsbury's staff Tracie Bestford, Adele Sissons and store manager Steve Emmerson with staff and pupils from Springwell Primary School.

PRIMARY school pupils were in fine voice as they helped a supermarket continue its support for a town charity.

The Sainsbury’s Middle Warren store’ on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert estate’ has raised around £1,200 for Hartlepool & District Hospice since the facility was chosen as the supermarket’s charity of the year in April.

That total was boosted thanks to the Christmas carol singing youngsters from Springwell Primary School, who helped customers to get into the festive spirit as they visited the store.

Sainsbury’s staff said the carol singing “went down a treat” with customers who donated cash to the youngsters which was then all put forward to boost hospice funds.

David Clark, PR ambassador at the store, in Mulberry Rise, said: “The customers really enjoyed it, it was a pleasant change for them and the children were fantastic, they sounded great.”

The school’s visit was the latest event in an ongoing partnership between Sainsbury’s and Springwell Primary School.

Earlier this year Sainsbury’s, which was the official sponsor of this year’s Paralympic Games, donated a number of Games items to the school, in Hartlepool’s Wiltshire Way.

School staff then repaid the favour by inviting colleagues at the store to their coffee morning raising cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

David added: “Our partnership with the school has grown even stronger this year and we plan to do more with them next year.”

Cash for the hospice has also been raised in December through raffles and tombolas in store as well as a Christmas remembrance tree, giving customers the chance to remember loved ones who they have lost in the past.

“We’re delighted with how much has been raised so far,” added David.

“Our customers are always extremely generous and we are hoping to boost that total even more in the coming months before we nominate another charity in April.”