The new Sainsbury’s Local store in Ryde has this week announced that Ryde Inshore Rescue will receive 18 months’ worth of fundraising and awareness support after being named the store’s Charity of the Year.
The life-saving rescue service provides voluntary cover for the Solent with the crew remaining on pager 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its area of responsibility extends from Osborne Bay to St Helens and outwards to the mid Solent.
The retailer’s Local Charity scheme is now in its sixth year and gives customers the chance to vote for their favourite local charity to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their Sainsbury’s store. The scheme has raised over £6 million to support local charities since 2009.
The Sainsbury’s Local in Ryde, situated in Union Street, recently opened it’s doors on 23rd October. The store manager, Maria Bird, has had great success in supporting previous local charities at Sainsbury’s in Sandown, when the store raised £914 for Johns Club.
Ken Matthews, Chairman from Ryde Inshore Rescue said:
“We know the success that the Local Charity partnership has bought to many charities on the island, so when we received the recent phone call to tell us the news, we were thrilled. We hope the partnership will help raise awareness of our cause to the store’s customers and will help us develop the important service we provide to the community”.
Sainsbury’s Maria Bird Store Manager said:
“We’re delighted to have chosen a charity which touched many of our colleagues’ hearts. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from being our Local Charity for the next 18 months”.