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Sainsbury’s deliver helpful gifts to Stroke Unit

29 November 2016


Ann Barber and Becky Hill from Sainsbury’s Local in Rayleigh delivered a whole host of early Christmas presents to Southend Hospital’s Stroke Unit, the stores charity of the year.

They brought items that will make a real difference to the lives of their patients, such as mugs with big handles to help recovering patients drink hot drinks more easily, art and craft supplies, to help patients improve their fine motor skills and shaving mirrors, allowing patients re-learning how to shave to stay in bed.

The goodies, which also included table fans, DVDs, books and colouring supplies, were gratefully accepted by Ward Managers Kim Oddy and Kerry Stone together with lead nurse Sally Churcher and some of their nursing team. 

They said: "We were absolutely delighted to hear that the Stroke Unit had been nominated as the charity partner for Sainsbury's Local Rayleigh. The team have so many wonderful ideas about how they can raise more money and support for the unit, we are looking forward to continue working with them in 2017." 

To date, Sainsbury's Local Rayleigh have also raised around £400 and are continuing to help the Stroke Unit by holding monthly table competitions in store and having collection tins at every till counter.

Ann Barber, Sainsbury's Local Rayleigh, said: "Our customers have been absolutely brilliant. We have told them what the Stroke unit need and they have come up with the goods almost immediately. Donations are still coming in now!  We are also raising money for the unit by running themed competitions in store and accepting monetary donations in our fundraising tins.  We are delighted with the amount of support our customers have shown to date, they have been wonderful."