Staff and customers at the Sainsbury’s store in the Arndale Centre have been raising funds for Eastbourne lifeboats throughout the past year and have presented the station with a cheque for £4370.50 at a recent ceremony.
For the last five years the retailer has given customers nationwide the chance to vote for their favourite charity, to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from their nearby Sainsbury’s store and early last year Eastbourne lifeboats was the overwhelming choice from Arndale shoppers. Throughout the last 12 months, colleagues at the store held several activities to raise funds and awareness of the RNLI. These included a ‘Pirates Day’, tombola, cake sales and a choir recital.
The store’s final fundraising activity as part of the partnership was a Reunion for any colleagues who had worked at the old Langney Sainsbury’s store. Despite the partnership coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the charity will now be forgotten, as Store Manager Lea Pulling explains: “Our colleagues have really enjoyed working with RNLI, Eastbourne Lifeboats and it’s certainly touched the hearts of many of them that before didn’t necessary have a direct link to them. We know what an important part they play in the community and we hope the year-long partnership has helped remind our customers of the valuable service they provide in the Eastbourne area. Thanks to the partnership, we’ll certainly now be looking into ways we can support them in the future”.
In accepting the cheque on behalf of Eastbourne lifeboats, Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe said it had been a delight to work alongside the staff at Sainsbury’s and thanked both them and all their customers for their fantastic contribution. Paul added that the money would be used to equip new crewmembers and go towards the upkeep of the station in order that the charity can continue in its mission to save lives at sea.