Tree for hospice

please give: Sainsbury's Middle Warren store manager, Steve Emmerson, with colleague Jenny Gillies in front of the Hartlepool & District Hospice remembrance tree in store
please give: Sainsbury's Middle Warren store manager, Steve Emmerson, with colleague Jenny Gillies in front of the Hartlepool & District Hospice remembrance tree in store
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IT’S a busy month for supermarket staff who are urging customers to get into the festive spirit and raise cash for charity.

The Sainsbury’s Middle Warren store, in Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert estate has been raising money in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice all year since adopting the facility as its chosen charity of the year.

And customers have been doing their bit by remembering a loved one by placing a bauble on a remembrance tree set up in store.

Around 30 baubles have already been put on the tree, all with a donation which will support the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

As well as the pretty Christmas tree, a carol service will also be held in store tomorrow and a tombola on Saturday.

David Clark, PR ambassador at the store, in Mulberry Rise, said: “We are always looking at ways to support Hartlepool Hospice with the facility being our chosen charity.

“The remembrance tree has proved popular so far and hopefully we will get even more people donating for a bauble in the run up to Christmas.

“It’s only been up a couple of weeks and the response has been excellent.

“That doesn’t surprise me, our customers are always very generous.”

Through fundraisers and donations, the store has already raised around £1,000 for the hospice this year.

“We are hoping with the carol service and tombola on Saturday we will raise even more,” added David.

Tommorow’s carol singing starts at 10.30am while the tombola on Saturday will also get underway at 10.30am.

Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We were delighted to be chosen by Sainsbury’s for our corporate partnership.

“The team at the Middle Warren store have done a fantastic job this year and their commitment and enthusiasm has been evident with every fundraising event undertaken.

“Support from local companies like Sainsbury’s is a vital part of our fundraising and ensures the sustainability of our services.”

Any companies interested in a corporate partnership can call Carol on (01429) 855552 or email csennett@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.