Store looks for charity to help for next 12 months

Sainsbury's Hampden Park. May13th 2013 E20071P

Sainsbury's Hampden Park. May13th 2013 E20071P

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Sainsbury’s in Hampden Park is on the lookout for a new local charity partner after raising £3,000 for Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders.

The scheme is back for its fifth year and now Hampden Park’s customers can vote for their favourite local charity up until May 15.

For the first time, customers can vote online as well as in-store. The winning charity will be announced in June and will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from the store’s colleagues and customers

Customers and colleagues at Sainsbury’s Hampden Park have played a big part in the success of the Local Charity partner initiative. Last year, their generous donations helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders.

The responders are volunteers trained to respond to certain emergency 999 calls on behalf of the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust serving the local community.

Responders are called from home at a moment’s notice and some also are allowed by their employers to attend calls from their workplace. All this is done on a voluntary basis and all funds are raised by donations.

Sue Longhurst from the Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders said, “Working with Sainsbury’s Hampden Park over the last 12 months has made such a difference to our cause. We’ve raised a fantastic amount which we’re using towards kitting out new responders and we’re now looking forward to working with them on future opportunities.”

Since the store in Broadwater Way began supporting the initiative in 2009 more than £6,000 has been raised.

Store manager Tony Gagola said, “Our work with previous Local Charity partners over the years has been really successful in letting our customers have their say. We hope our customers can take the time to vote in the coming weeks and give a local charity that’s close to their hearts the chance for us to support them.”

Alongside nomination forms and a drop-in box available in-store customers can vote online at www.sains burys.co.uk/localcharity