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Thousands raised for Stroke Unit

05 August 2018


Southend Hospital Charity and Sainsbury’s Local in Rayleigh have just completed a two year charity partnership to raise £5,870.94 for the Stroke Unit at Southend University Hospital.

To raise this money, staff at the Rayleigh store held monthly competitions, raffles and collections.  A member of Sainsbury's staff; Kevin Perryer, successfully completed the RideLondon 100 mile cycle challenge last year, contributing £785 to the total raised.

The team at Sainsbury's also kitted out the unit with fans and radios to help improve the time that patients spend in hospital.  In addition, Sainsbury's customers donated toiletries for over-night patients and activity books to aid patient recovery.

Elise Fleetwood, Corporate Relations Manager for Southend Hospital Charity, said: "We are extremely grateful for the huge amount of effort and energy the staff at Sainsbury's Local in Rayleigh has put in to supporting one of our important causes.

"The support we continue to receive from our local community really is wonderful, we are so thankful. The money raised will help to make some very worthwhile patient focused recovery projects a reality. Thank you Sainsbury's!"

Ann Barber, Charity Champion at Sainsbury's Local in Rayleigh said: "The fundraising has been great fun and we have loved doing it. We are all very proud to hand over this fantastic amount of money for our local Stroke Unit which has helped so many of our customers."