Supermarket Sainsbury’s has offered its support for Weston Hospicecare – with staff at the Worle store pledging hundreds of hours of volunteering time and fundraising support.

The Queensway store has adopted the hospice as its charity of the year, while also identifying the charity as its principle beneficiary of the chain’s 150 Days Of Community project.

This sees different Sainsbury’s stores around the UK selecting charities to benefit from 150 days’ worth of its workers’ time; participating employees are paid as normal, but spend a cumulative total of 150 days working for the nominated charities instead.

The team at Sainsbury’s voted to back Weston Hospicecare, and they have worked with hospice managers to identify a project they can devote time to; renovating an important storage area within the hospice headquarters at Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill.

Steve Kovacs, manager of Sainsbury’s Worle, said: “We’ve spent a century and a half being part of thousands of communities. Making a difference. Doing our bit.

“So what better way to celebrate our 150th birthday than by m​​aking more of a difference for our communities than ever before?

“Our birthday weekend marked the start of our 150 Days Of Community. We’ve pledged support for over 2,500 projects and we’ll all be making a difference and doing our bit for projects that have the biggest impact in our communities.

“Here at Worle Sainsbury’s we have chosen to support and work with Weston Hospicecare. So many of our colleagues and customers have had loved ones cared for at the hospice and want to give something back. 

“From 26 May to 23October we will be volunteering at the hospice to make their external storage room beautiful and fit for purpose once again.

“We will be clearing, sanding, painting and organising with the hospice to make the room a bright light and easily accessible storage space.”

Sainsbury’s has also pledged in-store fundraising opportunities for the hospice, which will be gratefully received too.

Simon Angear, the hospice’s corporate fundraising manager, said: “We are grateful to the team at Sainsbury’s for choosing to support us through their 150 Days Of Community initiative.

“We look forward to forging new friendships within the team as we work with them on this important project in the months ahead.”

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