Sainsbury's LCP 2013Sainsbury’s Newport have today announced that YMCA Young Carers will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support as the superstore’s new local charity partner.

The scheme, which began in 2009, has raised more than £5 million to support local communities in the last four years. The Island’s Sainsbury’s store has had great success in supporting previous local charities and last year raised in total £5,000 for the Breathe Easy IW Branch. Breathe Easy will be using the money for Respiratory aids, including exercise machines, nebulisers, mobility aids.  Funds will also go towards medical Research into chronic lung conditions.

Customers had a huge say in this year’s announcement and voted in-store and online between 1st to 15th May. Members from the charity will be coming into store on Tuesday 9th July to announce the partnership to customers.

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Sainsbury’s Newport Isle of Wight  Store Manager said:

“We’ve had a great response from our customers and we’re delighted to have chosen a charity which many of our customers and colleagues can associate with. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from the Local Charity partnership”.

The Local Charity partner scheme is now in it’s fifth year, and colleagues are set to kick off fundraising with YMCA Young Carers by holding an awareness and collection day on Tuesday 9th July at Sainsbury’s Newport Isle of Wight

The YMCA Young Carers provides support, information and advice for young carers and their families.

Steve Baker from YMCA Young Carers added:

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“We know the success that the Local Charity partnership has bought to many charities in Isle of Wight area so when we received the recent phone-call to tell us the news, we were thrilled. The exposure and support is going to be massively beneficial to our charity and I’d like to thank every Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight customer who voted”.

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