CHARITIES are celebrating after receiving thousands of pounds to help their causes.
Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project (SNYP) and Sunderland Adaptive Snowsports have received £2,800 between them after being picked as Sainsbury’s charities of the year.
SNYP, which works to help improve young people’s lives, received a cheque for more than £1,600 from Sainsbury’s North in Wessington Way.
Project co-ordinator at the charity, Ruth Oxley, said the money, as well as the support which supermarket staff have given throughout the year, has been invaluable.
“During the past 12 months, the project has received new equipment, refurbishment, community volunteers and the opportunity to take part in fund-raising activities in store,” she said.
“Sainsbury’s has been great, and they have assisted us to remain responsive to the needs of the young people.
“The young people have experienced a range of activities that would have been impossible to deliver without the store’s support.
“As a small local charity, we have benefited greatly and would be appreciative of the chance to be nominated and chosen again in the future.”
Sainsbury’s North deputy store manager Lee Chivers, added: “One of our key values is to play an active role in the communities that we serve in.
“SNYP has been in the local community for over 20 years so they are always at the heart of any events in the community.
“All the monies raised go back in to the local community where our customers and colleagues shop.”
Sainsbury’s Silksworth helped to raise £1,200 for Sunderland Adaptive Snowsports.
The charity, which was founded in 2009, helps to send children with a disability or health condition on school trips.
Staff from the store said that they decided to choose the organisation as store charity of the year, last year, after seeing how its work helped one young lady with multiple sclerosis.