Sainsbury’s in Newport have reached the half-way stage into their year-long partnership with Breathe Easy and thanks to the support of the Isle of Wight community, the partnership has achieved great success so far with £3,175.00 raised for the charity.
Back in June last year, the store announced that Breathe Easy will be their Local Charity partner for the next twelve months, following votes from customers. The charity provides support for people with Breathing and Lung Conditions The Local Charity partner scheme, which launched in May 2009, has seen thousands of charities across the country benefit from Sainsbury’s colleagues raising funds and awareness of their chosen charities.
Sainsbury’s Store Manager Paul Dyer said: “When our customers helped us to select Breathe Easy as our new Local Charity Partner, we knew this was a charity that would really capture the hearts and minds of our colleagues. We’ve now held several fundraising activities and we’re working to ensure the second half of our partnership will support the charity further”.
Through the partnership, collection buckets have been in-store for customers to make a donation if they wish. The buckets will remain in-store until May, when the store will begin it’s search for their next Local Charity Partner. Customers will be made aware of the voting process in May. For now though, colleagues are busy working on their next area of support for the charity – a 72 Mile Walk along the Islands Coastal Path Challenge
Andy Savage said: “The £3175 we have so far raised in conjunction with Sainsbury’s will go towards both research into lung conditions and the purchasing of essential equipment the Respiratory Staff use and loan to their Patients both at the hospital and out in the community. These can include Nebulisers, Pulse Oximeters, oxygen concentrators, portable fans, plus exercise equipment and mobility aids.
“We are looking forward to the continued support we have with Sainsbury’s for the next six months and have some exciting fundraising events and challenges planned and we thank the all the customers and colleagues for their support”.