Local store announce new local charity partner

Sainsbury’s Eastleigh has officially launched a partnership with its new Local Charity of the Year, Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex.

Breast Cancer Haven Wessex, was chosen by Sainsbury’s customers through a public vote in store and online in June. The charity will now receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness raising from the store.
Representatives from the charity joined Sainsbury’s colleagues over the weekend to kick start the partnership by raising awareness of the charity and doing a coin collection. We also had customers playing Bra Pong!, a novel game where you had to bounce the ping pong balls in the bra cup to win a prize

Heidi Rehman, Community Fundraiser at Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex, said:

‘Thank you to everyone who came to support us at Sainsbury’s Eastleigh over the weekend. We’re really excited to have been chosen as the store’s new Local Charity of the Year as the partnership will help us raise the profile of the work we do in the local community and surrounding areas and raise some funds for the charity. We have lots of exciting fundraising events coming up, including a Celebrity Quiz night at Winchester Guildhall and a Comedy night at the Mayflower Theatre, we also have abseiling, zip wire and sky dive event being held throughout the year. Breast Cancer awareness month starts on the 1st October in which we are lighting iconic buildings pink and beginning a month long campaign of fundraising and awareness raising events. If you think you can help us support local people with the disease please contact a member of the fundraising team on 01329 559295.’

Charlie Bird, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Eastleigh, added:

‘We had a very successful launch for our new Local Charity of the Year, Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex. I’d like to thank all of our customers for their support on the day and can’t wait to see how the partnership develops over the next year. ‘

The Local Charity of the Year scheme is now in its ninth year and has raised over £13 million to support local charities since 2009.