Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough, visited Sainsbury’s Bretton on Friday 15th November as the team highlighted their upcoming community activities.

He met with colleagues to find out how the store supports their Local Charity Partner, ‘Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall’ and their local Food Donation Partner, ‘Peterborough Soup Kitchen’.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice was announced in June as the store’s Local Charity Partner, following customer votes in May.  So far this year, the store has raised £1,700 and fundraising activities have involved a quiz night, collections and colleague, Sam Fitzsimmons, took part in the Perkins Run on October 13th.  The store also has a bag pack planned in December and a second had book sale for colleagues.

Damaged tins and bakery products are donated twice a week to the Peterborough Soup Kitchen and a trolley is placed at the front of the store for customers to donate items.  The partnership has been going strong for over five years.  South Bretton Pre-school benefit from broken bags of pasta and rice and use them for craft activities.

The store is currently thanking local customers for their support to Active Kids scheme.  Since 2005 the scheme has donated £507,770 worth of equipment and experiences to nurseries, schools, scout and guide groups and sports clubs across Peterborough.  The top collecting organisation in Peterborough this year was Newark Hill Primary School, who collected 30,974 vouchers.  Colleagues visited their local primary school, Heltwate School, to highlight the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

Store Manager, Chris Dix, said:

“Sainsbury’s prides itself on being a great place to work and we were proud to show Stewart how active we are in the local community”.

Stewart added

“It’s great to meet the team at Sainsbury’s Bretton and hear about their upcoming plans to support the local community.  In particular, I was interested to hear about their work with charities and the Active Kids scheme which helps children in Peterborough receive a healthy, active lifestyle.”

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