Sainsbury’s Kingsgate reach half-way stage in year-long partnership with East Kilbride Community Trust


Feb 14


Sainsbury’s Kingsgate reach half-way stage in year-long partnership with East Kilbride Community Trust

◦Sainsbury’s Kingsgate have helped raise just over £15,000 during their first six months of their partnership with East Kilbride Community Trust

◦Fundraising highlights so far include tackling walking Scotland’s highest point, bag packing events, coffee mornings, cabaret night, boxing night and a fashion show

◦Next fundraising activity will be Tombola in February and a team from the store will walk the West Highland Way at the end of April.

Sainsbury’s Kingsgate have reached the half-way stage into their year-long partnership with the East Kilbride Community Trust and thanks to the support of the East Kilbride community, the partnership has achieved great success so far with over £15,000 raised for the charity.

Back in June last year, the store announced that the East Kilbride Community Trust will be their Local Charity partner for the next twelve months, following nominations from customers. The charity aims to bring the community together and to promote a healthy lifestyle to all. The Local Charity partner scheme, which launched in May 2009, has seen thousands of charities across the country benefit from Sainsbury’s colleagues raising funds and awareness of their chosen charities.

Sainsbury’s Deputy Store Manager, David Robson said: “When our customers helped us to select the East Kilbride Community Trust as our new Local Charity Partner, we knew this was a charity that would really capture the hearts and minds of our colleagues. We’ve now held several fundraising activities and we’re working to ensure the second half of our partnership will support the charity further”.

Highlights during the first six months have included bag packing by the charity and local army cadets, which was the store’s first fundraising activity in June; this raised just over £1,800. In April colleagues will be walking the West Highland Way to raise more money for the charity.

Through the partnership, collection tins have been in-store for customers to make a donation if they wish. The buckets will remain in-store until May, when the store will begin its search for their next Local Charity Partner. Customers will be made aware of the voting process in May. For now though, colleagues are busy working on their next area of support for the charity – a Tombola sale in February.

Monique McAdams East Kilbride Community Trust Chief Executive said “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every Sainsbury’s Kingsgate customer and colleague who’s generously recognised the partnership and has made a donation to our cause whether this be with their time or money or by simply raising the profile of the charity by word of mouth. We’re proud to be the store’s Local Charity Partner and we look forward to working with colleagues during the remainder of our partnership as we all work towards being able to ascertain a 17 seated minibus adaptable for wheelchair users to allow us as a charity to be able to run more much needed community projects ”.