Diamonds shine in new kits

The Little Diamonds with Vicky Docherty.
The Little Diamonds with Vicky Docherty.

A CHILDREN’S football team were jumping for joy after kindhearted supermarket workers handed them new kits.

Hartlepool under-eight team The Little Diamonds will look the part when they next take to the pitch sporting their impressive new blue kit.

The Sainsbury’s store, in Middle Warren, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, in Hartlepool, had a £250 grant to hand out as part of the company’s Community Grant scheme.

The team’s manager, Vicky Docherty, works in store and was telling colleagues about their need for a new kit.

Generous staff decided that they would spend their grant on the football kits which they then presented to the team.

Katie Lisle, charity co-ordinator at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, said: “Our store is at the heart of the local community and it is important that we do as much as we can to support it.

“When we heard about The Little Diamonds we were really pleased to be able to help out.”

Vicky added: “The team were absolutely thrilled with their new kits.

“They feel great having a proper kit and it gives them real identity now, some of the children even wanted to sleep in them.

“I am really grateful to Sainsbury’s for supporting us.”

Last year alone, the Community Grants scheme provided £135,000 worth of donations to causes nationwide.

Meanwhile, the store also did their bit to help people suffering from food poverty in the UK this Christmas.

They asked customers to take part in a unique one day food collection and buy one extra item and then donate it.

The store gathered a trolley full of items which will be given to the charity Fareshare, which will then donate the goods to hostels, shelters and people in need over the festive period.

Mark Lambert, deputy manager at the store, said: “The day went really well, we would like to thank everyone who donated items.”