Every little helps thanks to Tesco!

Every little helps thanks to Tesco!

Posted on 8 August 2016 by Monika Reichelt

Tesco Extra Ayr have just finished their month of fundraising in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice and have raised an incredible £3,162. The store dedicated the whole month of July to fundraising in aid of the hospice and their fantastic fundraising efforts certainly paid off.  The store held a special family fun day on Saturday 16th July with various competitions to take part in, including the chance to win a trolley of shopping or a tank of petrol.  Staff from NATS in Prestwick also volunteered to help bag pack on the day.   

Many of the team have experienced hospice care first-hand including Joan Samson, Tesco’s local Community Champion, whose sister, Ruby recently died in the hospice in-patient unit. Colleague Lillias Wilson, was also a patient and staff were so touched by the extent and quality of care that both Lillias and her family received, that they were motivated to fundraise for a whole month.  One employee even swam the equivalent of the English Channel in aid of the hospice – an entire 690 lengths! 

Joan Samson, Community Champion at Tesco Extra Ayr said “Our team have had personal connections with the hospice and our manager, Steve Dobson, was keen that as a store, we give back to our local hospice.  We would like to thank all of the staff and customers who got behind our fundraising and we are proud and delighted to have raised such a great amount for a fantastic local charity.”

The team also had a sponsored Tesco Trot which happened on Friday 29th July and saw the Tesco staff doing a sponsored walk round all the Tesco stores in the area: the team started at Tesco Express in Maybole Road, followed by Tesco Express in the High Street, then Tesco Extra in Whitletts Road, Tesco Express in Prestwick Road before finishing at their final destination at Tesco Express in Prestwick.   

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “Joan Samson, and the whole team at Tesco Extra Ayr have literally pulled out all the stops to make the month of July matter for the hospice.  Tesco staff and customers have been incredibly generous in their support and we are truly grateful for the wonderful amount that they have raised.  Thank you to everyone.”

For more information on how you can help fundraise for the hospice please contact the community fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email community@ayrshirehospice.org.