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Sainsbury's seeks new Local Charity to support

John Freeman

Local supermarket Sainsbury’s Local Charity Partner Scheme is back for its fourth year and both Sainsbury’s in Morecambe and Lancaster are on the lookout for a new Local Charity Partner who they can provide help and support to from 20th June 2012.

Customers can vote in-store for their favourite local charity between 9th and 23rd May. The winning charity will be announced in June and will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and support from the store’s colleagues and customers

Sainsbury’s Morecambe is asking customers and colleagues to put forward the names of charities based in Morecambe that are important to them. To vote, customers simply fill out a form and pop it into the store’s Local Charity Partner voting box, situated at the front of the store.

A shortlist of nominations will be drawn up after the closing date and the store’s colleagues will then invite the three charities that they feel best fit the needs of the community into store to talk about how Sainsbury’s can support them. The store will then choose a charity to partner with for the next 12 months.

Last year, the Morecambe store’s Local Charity Partner was Morecambe Road School while Lancaster's was St. John's Hospice. During a year’s worth of fundraising, Morecambe colleagues managed to raise over £3000 for the school. Following the partnership, the store will continue to provide support to the charity, including instore collections and bag packing.

Last year, Sainsbury’s stores and their customers helped more than 1000 charities and organisations across the UK through fundraising and volunteering and gave more than £1.5million of support to local communities.

“Our last charity partnership with Morecambe Road School proved a great success and we’re looking forward to continuing to support them," said Sainsbury’s Morecambe Store Manager Steve Spencer. "Our customers now have a fantastic opportunity to help us support another local charity which is close to many people’s hearts, so we hope they can help us in our search for your Local Charity Partner for 2012/2013".