A SUPERMARKET boss who donates a percentage of the sales of some of his stock has handed £450 over to a town charity.
Paul Dulai, who owns Costcutter, in Blackhall, chose Hartlepool & District Hospice as the beneficiary of the Making a Difference Locally campaign, to the delight of hospice bosses.
The campaign, which is run in more than 2,000 Nisa and Costcutter stores nationwide, enables bosses to put a percentage of the sales of specific products to one side.
That cash will then build up and be handed over to the charity of the supermarket’s choice.
Hospice staff found out about the campaign and wrote off to stores in the area.
They were delighted when they discovered that the store in Middle Street, in Blackhall, had chosen to support the Wells Avenue-based hospice.
Shop owner Paul said: “It’s great how a customer’s everyday grocery shopping can add up to a donation of £450 for our chosen charity.
“We are delighted to be supporting Hartlepool & District Hospice and hopefully this is the first of many donations.
“I would like to thank our customers who helped to raise this amount.”
Hospice staff thanked Paul and the staff at Costcutters for the donation.
The money will help to maintain the high standard of specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and east Durham every year.
The hospice must find £2.05m of the £2.6m it needs every year to continue to provide the current range of services so all donations are gratefully accepted.
Rebecca Jobson, trust and legacy fundraiser for Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “It’s fantastic to have such support from a local business like Costcutter in Blackhall.
“I’d like to thank Mr Dulai and all his customers for their support. Every donation helps to make a huge difference to the specialist palliative care and support we provide to our patients and their families.”
Those who want to find out more about the Making a Difference Locally scheme should ask inside a participating store.