Store boost for Miles for Men

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A TOWN-BASED charity is £2,000 better off thanks to the generosity of supermarket colleagues and shoppers.

A year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from staff at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert estate, has boosted Miles for Men.

Shoppers voted for the charity to receive the support of the store last year and staff have since organised a range of fundraising activities and events. A Christmas party, various raffles in store and a book sale all helped to raise the money for the town charity. And although the year-long sponsorship partnership has now come to an end, the store’s staff will continue to support the cause.

Steve Emmerson, store manager, said: “Our colleagues have really enjoyed working with Miles for Men and it’s certainly touched the hearts of many of them.

“We know what an important part they play in the community and we hope the year-long partnership has helped remind our customers of the valuable service they provide in Hartlepool. Thanks to the partnership, we’ll certainly now be looking into ways we can support them in the future.”

Miles for Men founder Michael Day added: “Working with Sainsbury’s Middle Warren over the last 12 months has made such a difference to our cause.

“We’ve raised a fantastic amount which we’re using towards helping local families and we’re now looking forward to working with them on future opportunities.”

The Sainsbury’s Local Charity scheme has been running for six years and shoppers will soon have the opportunity to vote for next year’s charity.