Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year scheme is back for the seventh year. For the first time this year, customers will be given a choice of charities to vote for. The winning charity will then receive a year of support from the store, which includes fundraising and awareness. Customers can vote between 15th - 28th June in-stores and online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk.
The Penrith Store is asking customers to choose between Blood Bikes Cumbria and the Cumbrian Branch of Alzheimers Society.
Blood Bikes Cumbria is run by a group of local volunteers to provide an out of hours emergency response service to the NHS. They deliver blood and other urgent medical supplies such as platelets, plasma, samples and medical records between hospitals and blood transfusion banks. They rely solely on volunteer's time, private donations and sponsors to keep them rolling, in return saving the NHS thousands of pounds in transport costs so that more money can be directed to front line services and patients care. They also provide blood every day of the week for the Great North Air Ambulance.
The Alzheimer's Society, believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. They are there for anyone affected by dementia, and do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. The Cumbrian branch of the charity runs several support groups in Eden for people with dementia and their families.
Tony Gale, Store Manager of Sainsbury's, said: "We know there are so many great charities in the local area and we're really excited about providing a boost to either Blood Bikes Cumbria or the Cumbrian Branch of Alzheimers Society over the next year."
Customers can vote between 15th - 28th June in-stores and online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk