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???????????????????????Emma Cotton, a colleague from Sainsbury’s in Newport, has given up her time to volunteer as part of the Local Heroes scheme.

Sainsbury’s encourages colleagues to volunteer with a charity or within the community and donates £5 to the charity or community group for every hour spent volunteering. A total of £200 has been donated to the British Red Cross so far.

Emma Cotton, who lives in Wootton, has been helping the British Red Cross IW Branch by volunteering at the Newport based charity’s office since September last year, and has been helping to raise funds for the ‘Wheels Appeal.’ The Appeal is aiming to raise £30,000 to equip the Island with wheelchairs which are loaned out to people with short-term needs.  As the only organisation lending out mobility equipment on the island, the local charity is struggling to keep up with demand.  So far over £8,000 has been raised.

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The Local Heroes scheme is now in its second year and has raised over £130,000 in additional donations.

Paul Dyer Store Manager, said:

“It’s amazing how many colleagues give up their own time to help so many great causes. The Local Heroes scheme recognises the hard work and dedication our colleagues have for their local community”.

The scheme recognises volunteering including School Governors, Scout and Guide leaders, Sports Coaches and charity event helpers.

Emma said:

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“I am delighted and grateful that Sainsbury’s has recognised my commitment to helping people experiencing a personal crisis, such as not being able to walk, by this generous donation.  The Red Cross can buy at least one wheelchair with this money.  I am also grateful to the Red Cross for giving me the opportunity to gain valuable experience with them which has now led to a job in events management.  I’m still going to work part-time for Sainsburys though!”

The Red Cross also provides First Aid training, First Aiders for events and supports people experiencing fires, floods, mud and landslips on the Island.

For more information  about volunteering for the Red Cross, making a donation or borrowing equipment please contact Location manager Jenny Smart on 01983 537808 or email [email protected]

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