Sainsbury’s choose charity of the year

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The Milton Keynes Bereavement Service has been chosen as Milton Keynes Sainsbury’s new local charity partner for 2011/2012.

The announcement comes after the store asked customers which local charity they should support. Customers were able to vote for their favourite local charity between May 4 and May 25.

The three shortlisted charities then came into the store and did a short presentation to the Colleague Council, before staff voted.

The Milton Keynes Bereavement Service provides counselling for anyone who has bereaved through death. It was chosen as the store’s charity after nominations poured in from customers keen to support a local good cause. Over the next 12 months, the charity will benefit from money donated through fundraising as well as volunteering.

Jeni Pratt of The Milton Keynes Bereavement Service said “We’re really excited to be partnering with Sainsbury’s Milton Keynes over the next 12 months and would like to thank everyone in the community who voted for us.

“We will be planning fundraising activities with the store colleagues in the coming weeks and we hope that customers will support the store’s fundraising efforts in the coming months.”

The first fundraiser will take place at The Hub on Sunday where there will be a stall sponsored by Sainsbury’s at the first ever Charity Bazaar.

Store Manager, Nick Wynne, said: “The Milton Keynes Bereavement Service is such a worthy local cause and we’re pleased and proud to be supporting it over the next 12 months. We’ll be letting our customers know of our fundraising plans and we hope they can join our colleagues in helping to support them.”