Rugby supermarket names The Friends as Charity of the Year

Willy Goldschmidt with Sainsbury's colleagues Sharon and John, and Tony Cousins. Photo by George Ballard.

Willy Goldschmidt with Sainsbury's colleagues Sharon and John, and Tony Cousins. Photo by George Ballard.

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A supermarket has named the Friends of St Cross as its Charity of the Year.

Sainsbury’s Local, in Clifton Road, will be supporting the fundraising group throughout its 60th year.

The store team will organise fundraising events and collect donations on behalf of the Friends.

A target of £1,000 has been set.

Gary Cartwright, store manager, said: “Colleagues at the store unanimously chose to support the Friends from a wide selection of charities nominated by store customers.

“We will be organising several events during the year and hope to raise over £1,000 to support The Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal.”

The store team secured support from the Sainsbury’s Community Foundation which donated £300 to the Friends.

Sainsbury’s Local colleagues will also donate a special prize to the Friends’ Christmas raffle.

Collections tins and a cylinder will be placed near the tills so customers can deposit coins which will be given to the Friends - it will run in the same way as the current system in the Outpatients and blood taking units at St Cross.

The Friends is continuing to arrange fundraisers, events and trips to raise money for the appeal.

Last week, almost 80 volunteers and supporters enjoyed a scenic river cruise on the River Avon.

The cruise was followed by lunch at the Bear Inn.

The event raised £960 - more than double the estimated total for the day.

The M&M Watch Gallery donated a £50 gift voucher to the raffle.

The Friends will be holding a cash collection at Tesco in Leicester Road on September 5 and 6.

There will also be a coffee and crafts fair at Paddox Methodist Church on September 20.

For more information about fundraising events, how to get involved and the Diamond Jubilee Appeal, visit www.fsx.org.uk.