Pictured left, Orlando Arnold, Autism East Midlands Business Development Manager; Keith Lancaster Autism East Midlands Autism Practice Lead; Matt Bingham Sainsbury’s Ripley Store Manager; Richard Oxley, Jeanette Peach, Leah Webster Sainsbury’s staff members and Jeanette Briggs, Sainsbury’s Charity Coordinator
Sainsbury’s store in Ripley, Derbyshire has fundraised £5,150 for Autism East Midlands as part of their local chosen charity of the year 2015/2016 scheme.
Headed by Jeanette Briggs (Sainsbury’s Ripley Charity Coordinator) over the last year the staff at the store have created a series of fun events and tasks to fundraise for Autism East Midlands. Jeanette shares that the money has been raised by a variety of tasks including an in-store exercise bike ride, a sponsored walk from Ripley to Matlock which raised £400, store team leader Jeanette Peach raised £450 for giving up alcohol for the month of October as part of the national Stoptober campaign, Emma Travis raised £1500 with a sponsored 10K run, other fundraising activities included regular tombolas, in store children’s activities such as a hook a duck, face painting, balloon modelling, quizzes and bucket collections, with the grand total of £5,150 raised.
Orlando Arnold from Autism East Midlands commented, ”We are extremely grateful for the wonderful contribution that the staff and local people have made to support our work. The amount raised is very impressive and will go towards providing high quality services to people with autism.”
Sainsbury’s Ripley have pledged they will continue to support Autism East Midlands with selected charity events throughout the year. Autism East Midlands are currently delivering Autism Awareness training as part of the Connect to Autism initiate with the store.