Charity partnership achieves ‘astonishing’ amount

Sainsbury's staff hand over the cheque at the Sussex MS Treatment Centre in Southwick
Sainsbury's staff hand over the cheque at the Sussex MS Treatment Centre in Southwick

A YEAR of fundraising has ended with a cheque for £4,311 being handed to the Sussex MS Treatment Centre.

Sainsbury’s West Hove celebrated the fruits of their year-long partnership when store HR manager Lisa Nicholson visited the centre in Southwick last Tuesday to present the cheque.

The centre’s development manager, Jane Taylor, said the money raised was an ‘astonishing’ amount.

Hilary Green, PR ambassador for the store, and volunteers from the Croft Avenue centre worked together over the year to raise awareness of its work.

Jane said it had really helped to raise the centre’s profile and the customers responded generously.

“Store employee Ralph, aka Crazy Jain, was also a great fundraiser, providing live music on two in-store collections days,” she added.

Hilary said colleagues from the store were pleased to celebrate with the centre’s staff, volunteers and clients.

“Although the partnership has come to a close, it doesn’t mean that the charity will now be forgotten,” she added.

“We know what an important part they play in the community and we hope the year-long partnership has helped remind our customers of the valuable service they provide in Sussex.”

Jane said the centre was a vibrant self-help community, run by people living with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the nervous system, or chronic neurological conditions, their families and carers.

“It’s open every weekday and people travel from all over Sussex to take advantage of a range of drug-free therapies, exercise classes and the café, where they can socialise, share information and swap tips and tricks to make life with MS more manageable,” she added.

Last year, the centre was presented with the Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service.

For the last five years, Sainsbury’s has given customers the chance to vote for their favourite local charity. The new partner for 2014/15 is Sussex Sailability, based in Shoreham.