Sainsbury’s Leeds Headrow has announced that Children’s Heart Surgery Fund will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support. The charity who supports children and adults suffering from Congenital Heart Defects and their families will be the new Local Charity for the Leeds Headrow store.
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 Leeds Headrow Store, situated in Leeds City Centre, has had great success in supporting previous local charities and last year raised £2,897.83 for St George’s Crypt. Customers had a huge say in this year’s charity and voted in-store and online between 28th May and 8th June. The store colleagues then decided that Children’s Heart Surgery Fund are the best charity for them to work with to make a real difference.
(Sharon Coyle) from (Children’s Heart Surgery Fund) said: “We know the success that the Local Charity partnership has brought to many charities in the region, 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 which will in turn help us develop the important services we provide to the community”.
Sainsbury’s Leeds Headrow Store Manager Graham Chawner said: “We’ve had a great response from our customers this year, both through in-store and online votes. We’re delighted to have chosen a charity which touched many of our colleagues and customer’s hearts. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from being our Local Charity for the next 12 months”.
“Sainsbury’s Leeds Headrow PR Ambassador Thomas Aitchison said “I am excited to work with Children’s Heart Surgery Fund during the next year as Local Charity of the Year. Hoping to raise awareness with many customers and colleagues, also to improve the lives of those effected.”