Messages of love at Sainsbury’s

Father Mark Millward blessing the Christmas Tree donated by Clays Garden Centre to Sainsbury's Washington, watched by staff, shoppers and children from New Penshaw Primary who were singing Carols.

Father Mark Millward blessing the Christmas Tree donated by Clays Garden Centre to Sainsbury's Washington, watched by staff, shoppers and children from New Penshaw Primary who were singing Carols.

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LAST-MINUTE visitors to a supermarket have been hanging Christmas messages on a memorial tree.

Sainsbury in Washington has put the tree on display for anyone to hang a bauble in memory of a loved one.

The tree and baubles were donated to the store at The Galleries by Clays Garden Centre.

A special ceremony was held where Father Mark Millward of Our Blessed Lady Immaculate Church in Washington blessed the tree.

Youngsters from New Penshaw Primary School Choir were invited along to sing carols at the ceremony.

As a thank you for taking part, and for recently raising money for the Royal British Legion, they were treated to Christmas lunch in the supermarket cafe.

Sainsbury’s worker Margaret Cook, who helped organise the event, said: “Colleagues and customers can make a donation for a bauble, write a message in memory of a loved one and hang it on the tree.”

Money raised will then be donated to the store’s charity, Washington Mind.