Our Local Charities: giving people a second chance
One of the charities we supported through our Local Charity scheme is Guide Dogs for the Blind. It was chosen last May by our customers and colleagues at Sainsbury's Blackpole store in Worcester. Together, they raised almost £5,000 for the charity's work with blind or partially sighted people.
Customers and colleagues at Sainsbury's Blackpole have raised almost £5,000 for their Local Charity - Guide Dogs for the Blind - with activities including tombolas and bag-packing. In return for raising £5,000, the store was allowed to name a puppy at the charity's National Breeding Centre
. "It's been a fantastic year," said Chris Weston, PR Ambassador at the store.
A two-way partnership
Volunteers and dog-owners from the charity also set up visits to Sainsbury's Blackpole to raise awareness and collect donations. "It was definitely a two-way partnership," said Chris. "Everyone loved it when the Guide Dogs turned up!"
How have Sainsbury's made a difference?
Guide Dogs for the Blind
provides a range of mobility services for the visually-impaired. The money that we raised went towards:
- Looking after breeding stock
- Paying for puppy-walking/training
- Funding services and support for visually-impaired people in the local community
Giving Steve a second chance
One of the people the charity supports is Steve Brown, a civil servant from Worcestershire. Steve struggled with a white cane for nine years before getting in touch with the charity. He now relies on his Guide Dog, Jake. "He's definitely given me my confidence back," said Steve.