Choose a charity

SUPERMARKET customers can nominate a charity to benefit from a year of fundraising and support.

Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, in Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, is on the lookout for a charity to support over the next 12 months.

Staff at the store are asking customers and colleagues to put forward the names of charities based in the town that are important to them.

People can vote for their favourite charity in store until next Wednesday, May 23, and a shortlist of nominations will then be drawn up.

The chosen charity will receive various cash boosts over the next year as part of the Sainsbury’s Local Charity Partnership scheme. Last year the store’s chosen charity was Hartlepool Young Carers which received more than £1,500 over the 12-month period.

Steve Emmerson, Sainsbury’s Middle Warren store manager, said: “Our last charity partnership with Hartlepool Young Carers proved a great success and we’re looking forward to continuing to support them.

“Our customers now have a fantastic opportunity to help us support another local charity which is close to many people’s hearts.

“We hope residents can help us in our search for your local charity partner for 2012-13.”

To nominate a charity customers should simply fill out a form and pop it into the local charity partner voting box at the front of the store.

A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up after the closing date and bosses will then invite the three charities that they feel best fit the needs of the community, in to the store to talk about how they would benefit from the partnership.

The winning charity will then be chosen.

Last year Sainsbury’s stores across the UK raised more than £1.5m in support of more than 1,000 charities and organisations.